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Library hosts discussion on New London School tragedy

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

125logo smallThis month marks the 80th anniversary of one of the biggest tragedies in Texas history. On an ordinary day at the London School in East Texas, the spark from an instructor’s electric sander detonated a mixture of air and natural gas that had built up underneath the school.

The explosion blew the roof off the building and sent debris hundreds of feet away. It is estimated that more than 300 people died in the disaster, most of them students. How did the families and survivors live with the effects of this great loss?

On Friday, March 10, Professor Marcus Turner of San Jacinto College Central Campus will speak about the deadly event and its aftermath. The presentation is titled “Etched in Memory: The New London School Explosion, 1937.” The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Turner is a Professor of History and the faculty sponsor of the Walter P. Webb Historical Society at San Jacinto College where he has taught for more than 19 years.

This presentation is the latest installment in the library’s Featured Friday series. These monthly programs offer a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural, historical and local interest.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St.