Ernest E.Tennant, Director Dickinson Colored Orphanage 

. 2607 Forest Ave., Dallas, Texas. Banker; b. New Orleans. La.. Jan. 21. 1885: s. Thomas R and Aille (Brown) Tennant: ed. public schools New Orleans, St. Louis, Fort Smith: Dniry Coll.; m. Dallas, Texas. Nov. 25, 1914, Ophelia M. Wray. Has been with Dallas Trust and Savings Bank since 1907: now v.-ргеs.: pres. Tennant Bros., Inc.: v.-ргеs. and dir. Dallas Title and Guaranty Co.. U. S. Bond and Mortgage Co.: dir. Fakes' Furniture und Carpet Co. Served as member on Liberty Iian Committees. Dir. Dickinson Colored Orphanage Gilmer Texas. Presbyterian. 

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Historical Marker Text

Marker Title: Dickson Orphanage
City: Gilmer
County: Upshur
Year Marker Erected: 1968
Designations: na
Marker Location: On US 271, just S. of SH 300 intersection in S. Gilmer
Marker Text: Only home in Texas for negro orphans for thirty years, 1900-1929. Founded by W. L. Dickson, Negro Baptist minister, only superintendent home ever had. Orphans remained here until they reached 21, unless adopted or indentured by good families. A choir of children made good-will trips to raise funds. In Aug., 1929, home was deeded to the state, together with 700 acres of land and 27 buildings. Name was then changed to the Gilmer State Orphanage for Negroes, which ran until 1943, when the children (about 180) moved to state home in Austin.