The Organization

The Organization

Board of Directors

Herman Wright Jr.
Executive Director – The Long Black Line Organization
Amy Sheyer
Director – Health Net Foundation, Health Net Corporation
Woodland Hills, California
Eddie Hopkins: Long Black Line Tour
President – First Bank & Trust
Jasper, Texas
Brent Meaux
State Farm Registered Representative
Jasper, Texas
Watler Diggles
Executive Director – East Texas Council of Governments
Jasper, Texas
Paul Sandul
Assistant Professor of History – Stephen F Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas

Advisory Group

Denise Alexander
George Wright
President of Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX.
Reginald Corrinaldi
President Financial Security Inc.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Colonel David Glover
United States Army
Ft Monroe, Virginia
Gwen Gilford
Jasper Independent School District
Jasper, Texas
Dawn Goeb
Christian Broadcasting Network
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Diane Pace
Jasper Independent School District
Jasper, Texas


Located in the East Texas Pineywoods and surrounded by lakes and tall pine trees, Jasper is known as the “jewel of the forest.” We are a 3A school district and proud to be the home of the Jasper Bulldogs. We invite you to visit our schools and community.
The US Army plays a prominent role in the Long Black Line trilogy. For an African American in the 1940’s and 1950’s the career opportunities most open to a college graduates were in education and the military. After the Truman order integrating the military in 1948 thousands of black males became the first experiment in integration in America.
Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, originated in the Texas Constitution of 1876. On August 14, 1876, the Texas Legislature established the “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youths” and placed responsibility for its management with the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Bryan. The A&M College of Texas for Colored Youths opened at Prairie View, Texas on March 11, 1878.
The mission of the TIPHC is to collect, preserve, study, and make available research information, records, documents, artifacts, and other items relating to Texas history and culture. The Institute places special emphasis on collecting, preserving, and studying the role and contributions of African Americans in Texas history and culture. This is an important mission because the documents, artifacts, and resources collected by the Institute will serve as the primary source materials for research on the black experience in Texas.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation formed the Rosenwald Schools Initiative, calling together a task force of men and women with personal and professional expertise to devise a plan for the preservation of Rosenwald schools across the regions. That plan includes forming a national network of Rosenwald School preservation activists, and developing the tools—educational materials, networking and educational opportunities, and funding sources—for those activists to use in order to be successful.