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On December 1, 1984, McCall Heritage and Cultural Center was established by Ms. Leona Ford Washington, with the volunteer assistance of Mr. Don Butts. Under the persuasion of Ms. Leona Ford Washington, educator, community activist, and visionary, the McCall home site was purchased with a forgivable loan from the city of El Paso, and the name was changed to the McCall Neighborhood Center.
Ms. Washington, who later became known as the Founder of the McCall Center, was instrumental in the Center receiving forgivable loans for two additions, including a kitchen, an art gallery, two community rooms, and three small tutorial classrooms. The original home was converted into a parlor/reception area, office, gift shop, and a donated library.
Ms. Washington served as Executive Director of the McCall Center until her health began to fail in the late 90’s.
The historic home of Marshall and Olalee McCall, this viable piece of our history here in El Paso is a treasure within the community. Donations are gladly appreciated. Admission is free and the center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekends by appointment.
If you are searching for a worthy cause to give to, please consider the McCall Neighborhood Center.
Facts: Marshall McCall was the first African American postal worker in El Paso, and his wife, Olalee, was a principal of Douglass School which was established in approximately 1895. Douglass school was an all black school due to segregation which was ever-present in America for a period of time. The school was home to students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.