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Brashear, Jimmie Tyler

(born: 1904  -  died: 1999) 

Jimmie Tyler Brashear, born in Lexington, KY, was the daughter of schoolteacher Mattie Mason Tyler and barber Charles W. Tyler. She later lived with an aunt in Madison, WI.

According to the Dallas [TX] Morning News, Brashear was the only African American in the 1924 graduating class at the University of Wisconsin. In 1929, she joined the Dallas School District with the responsibility of training African American grade school teachers. Brasher would advance to become the first African American school administrator in Dallas.

Brashear retired in 1967, after 43 years as an educator but continued teaching at what is now Paul Quinn College. She had taught at Tuskegee and Prairie View earlier in her career.

The Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School is  named in her honor, and in 1997, she was recognized as an Outstanding Citizen by the Black Caucus of the Texas Legislature.

Brashear was a sister of Lugusta Tyler Colston.

For more see J. Simnacher, "Dallas educator Jimmie Tyler Brashear dies - she was first African American hired as schools administrator," The Dallas Morning News, 2/16/1999, News section, p. 13A; and N. Adams-Wade, "Venerated educator broke ground in Dallas schools," The Dallas Morning News, 2/16/1997, News section, p. 39A.

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NKAA Entry: Colston, Lugusta Tyler
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