ALBERTINE HALL YEAGER HONORED BY TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Albertine Hall Yeager Receives Official Texas Historical Marker in Galveston
GALVESTON, TX—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Albertine Hall Yeager as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The marker is part of the Undertold Marker program at THC. The designation honors Albertine Hall Yeager as an important and educational part of local history. The marker will be erected at 1111 32nd Street, on Galveston Island on the site where her original orphanage was built in 1917. The original building was replaced in 1974. However, Mrs. Yeager operated her orphanage and daycare at the exact location until her death in 1969.
A dedication ceremony to commemorate the installation of the marker and the official opening of the Albertine Yeager Youth Cultural Center will be announced later this year.
Who Was Albertine Hall Yeager?
Albertine Hall Yeager, an African American woman founded the Yeager Children’s Home between 1917 and 1918 in Galveston, Texas. She had so endeared herself to the community that even after her death in 1969, when the new building opened in 1975, the ribbon cutting with Charles Yeager was officiated by then Mayor R.A. Apffel (Kirkpatrick, p. 1, 1975.) Said Apffel: “For if there was ever a project that which represented a cross-section of this community, this is it” (1975, p.1).
The level of love and respect Albertine Yeager commanded in 1975 became apparent when Texas State Senator Aaron “Babe” Schwartz, sponsored a congratulatory resolution – SR-507 for the New Yeager Children’s Home (Schwartz, 1975). There were wires from the Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe; Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby, and United States Congressman Jack Brooks (Kirkpatrick, 1975, p.1). State Representative Andrew Z. Baker, a board member sent well-wishes (1975, p.1). Texas State Representative Ed J. Harris, whose wife had served on the board also acknowledged Mrs. Yeager’s contributions (1975, p.1). Moreover, The City of Galveston passed a resolution declaring May 11 -17 “Yeager Home Week” (1975, p.1).
Research for the Untold Marker application revealed a rare story from a time when community unity across ethnic and racial lines was uncommon. As a result, this "Undertold" story is an opportunity to encourage community conversations about how much we all have in common, rather than what divides us.