Cecilia Gutierrez Venable

Independent Historian

Cecilia Gutierrez Venable is a PhD student at the University of Texas, El Paso.  She received her M.A. and B. A. in history from Texas A & M University Corpus Christi.  Venable has taught history and worked as an archivist at the university, public library and has worked on setting up two small archives and museums for the Sister of the Holy Spirit and the East Wildlife Foundation.  She has published several articles and books including:  African Americans in Corpus Christi, Arcadia Publishing Feb. 2012, Remembering Corpus Christi, Turner Publishing 2010, and Historic Photos of Corpus Christi Turner Publishing, 2008.

Gloria Dean Randle Scott (1938- )

Civic and educational leader Gloria Dean Randle Scott, the first African-American president of the Girl Scouts of America and the twelfth president of Bennett College, was born on April 14, 1938 in Houston, Texas to Juanita Bell and Freeman Randle.  Scott grew up in Houston, … Read MoreGloria Dean Randle Scott (1938- )

Solomon Melvin Coles (1844-1924)

Solomon Melvin Coles was a minister, educator, and community leader.  Born a Virginia slave in 1844, Coles pursued an education before the Civil War, and in its aftermath moved to Connecticut where available educational opportunities existed for African Americans.  In 1869 Coles became the first African … Read MoreSolomon Melvin Coles (1844-1924)