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date: 31 March 2020

Prosser, Inez Beverly locked

(30 Dec. 1895 – 7 Sept. 1934),
  • Jason Philip Miller


educator and psychologist, was born in San Marcos, Texas, one of eleven children to Samuel Andrew Beverly, a waiter, and Veola Hamilton, a homemaker. Her exact birth year is not known, though 1895 has been reported with greatest frequency. The family was poor, but education was valued, and many of the Beverly children went on to earn high school and college degrees. Money, though, was hard to come by, and the family was itinerant through much of Prosser's childhood. She eventually attended Yoakum Colored School in tiny Yoakum, Texas, graduating in 1910 as valedictorian. There was little money for college, but Prosser was allowed to continue her education when an older brother chose marriage over a college degree. She matriculated to Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College (later Prairie View A&M University) and in 1912 graduated from the normal school with a two year degree ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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