25th Anniversary of the
On July 18, 1986, twenty-five years ago, Prairie View A&M University and the former W.R. Banks Library Administration and Staff officially celebrated the first step toward the building of a “New Grand Library” at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the “new” Library.
As the building was nearing completion in 1988, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents voted on July 22, 1988 to name Prairie View’s “new” five-story Library in honor of Dr. John B. Coleman, the first African-American appointed to the Board of Regents, for his long service to the Board and support of higher education at traditionally Black Universities in Texas. The W.R. Banks Library Staff moved to the “new” building during the Fall Semester 1988, and a formal dedication of the John B. Coleman Library was held on November 13, 1988.
Therefore, the John B. Coleman Library Administration and Staff hereby recognize the “25th Anniversary” of the July 18, 1986 “historic groundbreaking ceremony” with the publication of this Campus Announcement. The Library is currently in the process of planning a “two-year series” of special programs and events leading up to the November 2013 “Silver Anniversary” of the “occupancy and dedication” of the John B. Coleman Library. Further details of these “special anniversary” related plans will be announced later this year, during the 2011 Fall Semester.
View a copy of the 1986 “Groundbreaking Ceremony Program for the New University Library” by clicking here).
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