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Carverdale School/ La Faye Lee Collection

Identifier: MSS 0084

Scope and Contents

The Carverdale School/ La Faye Lee Collection houses the history of the Carverdale Colored School and the personal papers of La Faye Johnson Lee. The collection which, dates from 1963-2014, consists of photographs, news clippings, flyers, voter candidate cards, directory, ledger, memorabilia and two books on the history of Carverdale School in Cy-Fair Independent School District and the school's desegregation. Also, includes a ledger for the Joseph H. Crawford Elementary Parent Teacher Association. This collection reflects the local events of education and desegregation in the Cy-Fair Independent School District.


  • 1963-2011

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Audiovisual materials in the collection require access copies o be created prior to use. Consult Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Carverdale School Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.


Carverdale School served as a school for African Americans before segregation in the Cy-Fair Independent School District. The school was started in 1925, when a German dairy farmer Louis Depsloff, offered his one-room wood frame farmhouse to the residents of Independence Garden, presently known as Carverdale area. The farmhouse served as both a church and school for community in Fairbanks, Texas. The Fairbanks Colored School, as it was called then, was moved to Dancy Road in 1926, and held classes for first through sixth grade students. The school was moved to Clara Road after the Wright Land Company donated land in 1937. A year later, the Bane Elementary building was moved to become the school’s first permanent building.

After slavery, African Americans were marginalized through segregation in housings, education and services they received. In 1896 the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal racial facilities did not violate the constitution. This ruling was overturned by the 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education that ruled that the segregation of children in public schools was unequal and unconstitutional. Violence and resistance was common occurrence throughout the nation making desegregation a slow process. In 1967 there were about 800 students attending Carverdale when the U.S. Department of Justice mandated desegregation.

Taken from collection materials


LaFaye Johnson Lee (1946-2016) was a native Houstonian and an educator, counselor and community liaison in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District for 35 years.

Born on January 4, 1946, to James Albert and Earnestine Johnson, she was the fifth child of fifteen siblings. Growing up La Faye lived in the all black community Lilly White, located on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas line and Post Oak Road, near the site of what is now Hedwig Village in west central Harris County. Around the fifth grade, her family moved to the Carverdale Community, where she graduated from Carverdale High school in 1968. La Faye received a Bachelors in Business Administration, Masters in Counselor Education and Administrative Certification from Prairie View A&M University.

She had the unusual privilege of teaching high school English to four of her siblings in Cy-Fair ISD. She taught middle and high school English for fourteen years, was a middle and high school counselor for sixteen years, and worked at Cy-Fair's administration office as Academic Achievement Coordinator and later Director for eight years. In 2005 a school, LaFaye Johnson Lee Elementary was named in her honor. The school is located at West Little York and North Eldridge Parkway.

Taken from"LaFaye Johnson Lee," obituary appearing in the Houston Chronicle, June 10, 2016


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


This collection is arranged into two series arranged by subject and then material type.

Series I: La Faye Johnson Lee

Series II: Carverdale School History

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dontated by La Faye Johnson Lee, 2014

Processing Information

Processed by Sheena Wilson, November 2017

MSS 0084 Carverdale School/ La Faye Lee Collection
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Sheena Wilson
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Repository Details

Part of the African American History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002