Dr. Will Coleman
Historical Marker
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Location: Northwest corner of South Third and East Eighth Streets, Corsicana

Dr. Will Coleman, Sr.

A native Texan, Will Coleman (1882-1953) grew up caring for livestock on the Robert Witherspoon Ranch in Chatfield (12 miles northeast). His family moved to Corsicana in 1899, in 1911, Coleman graduated from the McGills University School of Veterinary Science in Montreal, Canada, and received his license to practice in Texas nine years later. By 1925, he had established his own veterinary clinic in Corsicana. One of the first black veterinarians in the area, Dr. Will Coleman lived at this site with his wife, Mattie, and their 12 children.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 

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Dr. Will Coleman, D.V.M.
1882 - 1953

Dedication Program
Saturday, December 13, 1986, 10:00 AM

Master of Ceremonies ... Nelson N. Ross, Member Navarro County Historical Commission

Invocation ... Reverand James Chaney, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church

Special Remarks ... Honorable Tom Waldrop

Dedication of Marker ... Wyvonne Putman, Executive Secretary, Navarro County Historical Society

Acceptance of Marker ... Honorable Jim Gill, Mayor City of Corsicana

Unveiling of Marker ... Descendants of Dr. Will Coleman, Sr.

Dr. Will Coleman, Jr
Reverend Joseph Matthew Coleman
Coach John Miller Coleman
Colonel William Robert Downey, II
Mrs. Lillian Coleman Downey Agee
Mrs. Lena Mae Brooks
Mrs. Katherine Chandler
Mrs. Pearl Alma Cooley
Mrs. Ethel Morrison
Mrs. Martha Jo Perry
Mrs. Emma M. Scott
Mrs. Ruth Greene

Corporal Clarence Coleman, United States Army Air Coprs, gave his live for his country in World War II, of Figii Islands, in the South Pacific, During 1944.

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