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.

Eugenia A. Gaines

Eugenia A. Gaines entered UT in 1957.

“They brought us to this this testing room and we all took the test. I don’t know if it was a choice, ‘Did you want to go? Or did you not want to go?’ I don’t remember. I just know that I was one of the ones that did come. I was one of the ones to pass the test. I was one of the ones that was said that you can go to UT in September. You know, no entrance exam, no nothing. I just passed the test and I was enrolled.”
Eugenia A. Gaines


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