Share your memories of and thoughts on preserving Oklahoma's black history - Article Photos 5/10

Langston University The photo shows one of the early industrial shop classes at Langston University. The college started with four teachers, 41 students and 40 acres of land. Within eight years, it had grown to 15 teachers, 160 acres and a main building that could hold 500 students. The university’s fortunes wavered over the years, but it is now a vital school with a student population of about 4,000.  The Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center, established in 1970, holds more than 7,000 volumes, a collection of artifacts and other materials. Its three major research areas are African history, black history in the U.S. and blacks in the humanities and arts.  In part, it owes its existence to Ernest Holloway, a longtime Langston University president who died in December. Holloway instructed campus recruiters to keep an eye out for items of historical significance. That effort built the collection at the Heritage Center.  The university is renowned for its work with goats. The E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research raises and studies Angora, meat and cashmere goats on pastureland away from the actual campus. The Oklahoman Archives