Preserve Mrs. Pearl Carina Anderson's Legacy

Preserve Mrs. Pearl Carina Anderson's Legacy

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Mrs. Pearl Carina Anderson was a community leader and philanthropist whose contributions to society have not only benefited communities in Dallas, but throughout the state of Texas and United States. The reasoning for changing Garden LN to Pearl C Anderson LN is to preserve the legacy of a leader in our community whose legacy is being diminished with changes in our community. Mrs. Anderson’s contributions to society are still impacting and saving lives today. 

Mrs. Anderson provided the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund with its first major donation, future interest on land in downtown Dallas valued at $325,000. Her donation afforded the Dallas Community Chest Trust to grow into the Communities Foundation of Texas, who have amassed $2 billion in grant making since her donation in 1955. Mrs. Anderson served on many boards and organizations throughout the city including the NAACP, YWCA, South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club. She was appointed to the National Leadership Advisory Council of the National Committee for Children and Youth in Washington, D.C. and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Children and Youth. In 1956 Anderson was named Woman of the Year by the Kappa Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta as well as being an honorary member of the organization. She served on the board of trustees for Bishop College, Dallas Metropolitan United Fund, the Dallas Day Nursery Association, Catholic Charities Board, American Red Cross, and SERV (Special Effort to Recruit Volunteers). Mrs. Anderson was the first woman ever named an honorary lifetime member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross.

In 1963, Pearl C Anderson Junior High School opened in South Dallas. The building served the community for over 50 years. Anderson Junior High was the home of many generations of children and educators. Anderson middle school was a rich school academically and athletically, once housing an Academy school and a long rich history of winning city championships in all sports. With its closing in 2012, all the community is left with is memories. For years the building sat up neglected with no purpose.The purchase of the former middle school in November 2019, by a North Dallas Megachurch, signaled the end of an era and commemoration of not only what the school meant to the community, but the legacy and contributions of Mrs. Pearl C. Anderson herself.

With so many changes taking place in our community, the historic preservation of our leaders are pivotal in keeping the spirit and history of our community alive. The closing of Pearl C Anderson Middle School hurt the community. The purchase of the building hurt the community. With changing Garden LN to Pearl C Anderson LN, we get to honor her legacy, heal wounds,  leave an imprint of memories for those who remember her contributions and the Junior High School that served the community for over 50 years, while  preserving  her legacy for years to come.

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