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MOUNT OLIVE, TEXAS (Smith County). Mount Olive was a small school community on Highway 14 two miles north of Tyler State Park in northern Smith County. In 1936 it had a school, a business, and three or four scattered farms. The Mount Olive school included two levels, both for black students: an elementary school with two teachers and 160 pupils, and a high school with two teachers and forty-five pupils. By 1952 the school had been consolidated into the Winona Independent School District. After that, the community disappeared from Smith County records and maps.


Edward Clayton Curry, An Administrative Survey of the Schools of Smith County, Texas (M.Ed. thesis, University of Texas, 1938).

Vista K. McCroskey


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Vista K. McCroskey, "MOUNT OLIVE, TX (SMITH COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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