We Are Texas East Mall Project

The first cohort of Black undergraduates, who refer to themselves as the Precursors,
started classes in 1956.

Ursula Rogers/Voces Oral History Center

Barbara L. Foster Wilson

Barbara L. Foster Wilson entered UT in 1960.

“I didn’t fear it, because I knew I wanted to go to school, and I knew that I had to come here, to UT… I always kept it in the back of my mind because [my parents] wanted all of us to go to college. And I never really thought about trying to go somewhere else after then, I just wanted to make sure I kept my grades so that I could stay here.”
Barbara Foster Wilson


Photographed and interviewed on May 15, 2022 at the Moody School of Communications, UT Austin, Austin, Texas.

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Precursors Oral Histories Project