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Solomon Coles and the First School for Black Children in South Texas

Ex-Virginia slave Solomon Coles opened the first school for black children in South Texas in 1878. One year later, the school became part of the public school system, and Coles ran the school as principal and teacher for wages that were much less than white teachers. Coles led the fight against the salary inequities until he left Corpus Christi in 1893. A man who didn't learn to read until he was 14, he had earned three college degrees by the age of 31. Coles High School is named in his honor.

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