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The Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society Collection - Gym Class and Band Practice

Fort Worth Library

Silent | c. 1950s

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  •  Basketball and football 
  •  An all-female marching band 
  •  The men’s marching band plays 
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This home movie, likely shot in the 1950s, captures students and teachers of I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth. First, students attend gym class, playing basketball and football or running in circles. Then, the school’s all-female and all-male marching bands practice their routines. I.M. Terrell High School opened in 1882 as the East Ninth Street Colored School—the first free public school for African Americans in Fort Worth. The school closed in 1973 following the racial integration of Fort Worth’s schools. The building now houses the I.M. Terrell Elementary School.