Davilla’s Rosenwald School dates back to 1913

Located west of the crossroads in Davilla Community, off FM 487 in the northwest quadrant of Milam County, between several residences and down a narrow dirt road, you will pass the Davilla’s Rosenwald School.

If only the hallowed walls of this building could talk, the children of the black residents who lived here could be heard going over school lessons and receiving an education preparing them for their futures.

Rosenwald Davilla School deed was filed in Milam County by E. A. Camp, as the substitute agent and attorney-in-fact for the State of Texas, County of Milam. Camp appeared in court on Nov. 11, 1913.

The deed reads:

John Alexander et al. To Deed The State of Texas.

I.N. Robinson et al trustee

County of Milam

Know all men by these present

That we, Levi Bullock, Lydia Bullock, Caroline E. Alexander, William D. Alexander, John E. Alexander, Thomas Bullock, William Bullock, August Alexander, William H. Alexander, Phinney F. Gardner, William A. Gardner, and Carrie L. Gardner, all acting here in by E. A. Camp, substitute agent and attorney in fact in consideration of the amounts heretofore paid and the for purpose of substituting this land for a lost deed have and by those present do hereby sell assign and transfer, unto B. H. Keith, I. N. Robinson and O. F. Brown, trustees of the Davilla School District Milam County, Texas and their successors in office for public school purposes for colored children in said district, all of that certain lot or parcel of land lying and being situated in Milam County Texas, a part of the Daniel Alexander grant and described as to location on the deed recorded in Milam County listing the meets and bounds of the property.

The Rosenwald School deed went on to read:

To have and to hold unto the said B. H. Keith, I. N. Robinson and O. F. Brown, trustees of the Davilla School District, Milam County, Texas their successors in office for Public School purposes for colored children in said District for such purposes forever.

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