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CENTER POINT, TEXAS


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Camp County, East Texas

32 57' 51" N, 94 49' 49" W (32.964167, -94.830278)

FM 2057 & FM 4247
9 miles SE of Pittsburg the county seat
Population: 41 (2000)

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Center Point Community historical marker, Texas
Center Point Community Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Anthony Walker, November 2020

History in a Pecan Shell

Center Point was originally settled by emancipated slaves in 1865. The crossing of two major roads is the source of the name. The community had built a church by 1873 and a school followed in 1889. The rest of Center Point's history is directly related to the school's history.

From a one room school in bad condition in 1900, it was a two teacher school eight years later. Public bonds sold in 1916 financed a four-room school and the Julius Rosenwald Foundation donated a library and nearly $6,000 for construction.

By the 1935-36 school year it was regarded as one of Camp County's better schools. Nine of the school's ten teachers had at least B.A. degrees, and, the average teacher's salary was higher than that at any other Camp County school. During the Great Depression the population started shrinking and in 1938 the Center Point High School was down to 78 students. In 1955 Center Point merged with the Pittsburg ISD.



Historical Marker:

Center Point Community

In 1865 black Freedmen began this community. The Center Point Baptist Church was organized in 1873. The Industrial Union was chartered in 1889 to aid settlers in buying farms and building homes. A cooperative managed a brick kiln, sawmill and cotton gin. Under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Cash, the first principals, Center Point School became an important vocational facility. Students erected most of the structures on the 14-acre campus and there was a cooperative boarding plan. The school was consolidated with Pittsburg in 1950.

Center Point Texas - Center Point Baptist Church
Center Point Baptist Church in 2020
established in 1873

Photo courtesy Anthony Walker, November 2020


Center Point  closed church, Texas
The closed Center Point Baptist Church in 2007
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007


Center Point  Baptist Church corner stone, Texas
Center Point Baptist Church cornerstone
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
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Center Point school, Texas
The Center Point School
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, 1-23-05

Historical Marker: CR 4244 (Center Point Road)

Center Point School

Center Point began as a Freedmen's community about 1865-70. The Willie Johnson family were the first settlers and were soon joined by other families. In 1899 G.W. Goulsby opened a one-room school, the first in the settlement; Pete Griffin was the first teacher. In 1916 a new five-room school was built. In later years campus additions, partly funded by the Julius Rosenwald Fund, included a teacherage, library, dormitories, cafeteria, and gymnasium. Students maintained a farm and garden and operated a cannery. Center Point School was closed in 1952.
(1996)

Center Point school historical marker, Texas
Center Point School historical marker
on CR 4247
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
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Center Point  Cemetery, Texas
Center Point Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
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TX Camp   County 1920s Map
1920s Camp County map showing Pittsburg
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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