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  Mission Statement  

Blackshear YellowJackets; Together we Educate, Enrich, and Exercise to Excel!

At Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, students are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary for cognitive, creative, emotional and social growth through sequential study, practice, and reflection, leading to personal and academic success. 


School Goals

  • Foster and maintain a peaceful, respectful learning community in which all students will master the competencies of the core curriculum while developing their multiple intelligences. 
  • Provide a well-rounded educational experience to our students in a safe instructional environment, conducive to positive learning experiences in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect.
  • Increase student and parent involvement in order to enhance Blackshear's community and educational environment.

  About The School  

Blackshear Elementary School

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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Inscription. Blackshear Elementary School opened in 1891 to provide free public education to African-American children in the community then known as Gregory Town, Blackshear Elementary School was known in earlier years as School No. 3, Gregory Town School and Gregory School. In 1936, it was named for Edward L. Blackshear (1862-1919), a 19th-century teacher and principal who left Austin in 1895 to become head of Prairie View College. Programs and facilities for Blackshear students, including the establishment of a school library in 1934, expanded as the number of students increased. Now serving an ethnically diverse population in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade classes, Blackshear is an important part of Austin's educational history.

Erected. 2001 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12825.)

Location. 30° 15.996′ N, 97° 43.324′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from East 11th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1712 E. 11th St, Austin TX 78702, United States of America.

Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Olive Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, in a direct line); Tillotson College (about 500 feet away); Sailor from the Belle Shipwreck (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Carver Branch Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); State Cemetery of Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Tom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Winslow Turner (approx. 0.3 miles away)

Credits. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 741 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

Construction of the School

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Construction begins on the final phases of today's Blackshear campus in 1948. The then-modern campus, which replaced a derelict firetrap on Olive Street, has been extensively renovated several times since.
photo courtesy of Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, pica26897.tif

Construction Picture 2

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Photograph of the back of Blackshear Elementary School, which is located at 1712 East 11th Street and backs onto Lawson Lane and was constructed in 1936. A two story brick building with a flat roof, the school was named for Edward Lavernia Blackshear, a former administrative supervisor of Austin's African-American schools. The building is symmetrically designed, with groups of windows on the first and second floors. In the lower right corner of the image, hands hold a chalk board sign that reads, "2-14 5-BLACKSHEAR". There is a wood frame building in the background with a 7-Up sign over the entrance. A street sign in the foreground reads Lawson Lane and what appears to be Boston Street.

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