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Ned E. Williams School

On this site (off hwy 349 on CR 2953) in 1883 an all colored school named Greenville was established in the Elderville Community School District by Ned E. Williams.  This school was built to accomodate the children of the newly organized District No. 5 of Gregg County which included Pleasant Green, Elderville, Greenville, Post Oak and Easton.  In 1918 the school's name was changed to Gregg County Training School.  Mr. Williams became the first principal and upon his death in 1945 was honored by having the school named for him and his fifty-seven years to the education of children.  His son, E. R. Williams followed his father's footsteps at the school as principal and was later named District Superintendent.  Mrs. Edna Mae Jacobs then became the first black woman to serve as the schools principal.  A modern brick structure was built in 1964 and closed in 1969 when this school consolidated with Longview Independent School District.  Professor Ned E. Williams' teaching of the better ways of living to the youth of this community shall live forever.

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