Long Live the Bar SR Bar

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On September 9, 2020, it was made aware to the general community that a group of students at Sul Ross State University are advocating to have the name of Sullivan Ross stripped from the school's name. Without citing any reason other than he served in the Confederacy, concerned alumni, donors, and supporters of Sul Ross State University have come together to keep the University's name. 

As many of you know (and some of you may not be aware of), Sullivan Ross also:

  • raised cattle and farmed for several years.
  • served as a Texas Ranger.
  • served in the Confederate army, as did thousands of Texans including the entire 1883 inaugural faculty at The University of Texas.
  • was elected Sheriff of McClennan County (1873-1875).
  • was a member of the 1876 Texas Constitutional Convention and served as a state senator (1881-1883).
  • was elected Governor of Texas and, during his two terms, he championed public education and oversaw the construction of the new capitol building.
  • became president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (1891) and under his leadership that troubled institution flourished and gained respect throughout the state.
  • continued to lead the efforts to expand African-American rural schools when radical Democrats wanted to de-fund support of local black education and he halted numerous attempts to attack the funding for Prairie View, fighting and demanding the Legislature to do the right thing.

    He won — and provided additional funding and jobs after establishing one of the first agricultural experiment stations at an African-American college in the United States.

  • supported the full funding for the proposed hospital for the “Deaf, Dumb and Blind Colored Institute” (today MHMR) when proposed by African-American Sen. William Holland.

When he died in College Station on January 3, 1898, Texans mourned and extolled him for his courage, his dedication to the state and his public spirit.

In 1917 the Texas Legislature named a newly created Normal School in Alpine, Texas, in his honor – Sul Ross Normal College – which became Sul Ross State University in 1969.

There cannot be a name change without Texas legislation. Please sign this petition and reach out to the following about your concern and status of our beloved SRSU: 

Do your part and LONG LIVE THE BAR SR BAR!