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AC109_ELMO_WILLARD_III_PAPERSDescriptive Sheet The Elmo Willard III Papers AC -109 (91 Inventory Available General Type: Papers Physical Description: 1 cu. ft., 21 placards Inclusive Dates: 1887-1991 Donor: Patricia Willard DESCRIPTION This collection contains material about Mr. Willard's contributions to the Beaumont area. There are many documents detailing Mr. Willard's fight for civil rights during the 1960s and through the 1990s. Mr. Willard was described by some as one of the best lawyers in the state. He was one of the first blacks to serve on the judiciary. A family owned business, Willard and Willard Funeral Home, where Mr. Willard was director, proved to be secondary to his law practice. Early documents show that Willard led and pushed with great success, the integration of Beaumont's public schools, libraries, parks, and amusement facilities. In 1984, legal proceedings led law suits filed by Mr. Willard against the Beaumont school system and the Texas Education Agency. These proceedings were on going until all cases were victories by Mr. Willard. This collection is arranged according to the following series: correspondence, photographs, legal documents, newspaper clippings, magazine articles and placards. Included in this collection are invitations to the inaugurations of both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. The bulk of the collection contains legal papers. No restrictions apply