The Honorable Ruth Jones McClendon Collection
On Feb. 28 in the St. Philip’s College Center for Learning Resources, the final highlight of the St. Philip’s College 2017 African-American Heritage Month was a ceremonial scholarship presentation and ribbon cutting during the opening reception for the exhibition of The Honorable Ruth Jones McClendon.
Ruth Elizabeth Jones McClendon represented District 120 in the Texas House of Representatives for 20 years from 1996-2016, and her constituencies included 119-year-old St. Philip's College for nearly 20 percent of its service life and 100 percent of its federal status as a Historically Black Colleges and Universities member institution.
“Today we're celebrating this wonderful donated collection from The Honorable Ruth Jones McClendon,” said event host St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. “We received artifacts as she was stepping down and retiring from her position as the District 120 representative for more than 20 years,” Loston said. “We are the benefactors of her labor, her legacy, her work. She has donated to St. Philip's College many hundreds of artifacts, and if people are interested in knowing more about the life, the legacy of Ruth Jones McClendon, they are here at St. Philip's College,” said Loston. “We are closing out Black History Month with a historian in Black history. Tomorrow we're celebrating Women's History Month, and she's definitely a trailblazer in women's history with regards to politics,” said Loston. “Within days of arriving to San Antonio nearly 10 years ago, I met with Ruth Jones McClendon and she was explaining that St. Philip's College is a jewel on the east side of San Antonio, and for that reason she continued to be supportive of St. Philip's College and our community,” Loston said. “This is our way of recognizing her contribution. Then she took it a step further. She started a scholarship fund she set it up with $27,500, and as you can see, others have been contributing to that scholarship fund, and we were able to recognize 10 students from St. Philip's College, coming from the neighborhood of District 120 that she represented. Therefore, it’s a great day for us at SPC,” said Loston.
To access the collection, contact Rebecca Barnard, the college’s archivist, at (210) 486-2583. For details on contributing to the Ruth Jones McClendon scholarship fund, contact Dr. Sharon Crockett-Ray, the college’s director of institutional advancement, at (210) 486-2887.
Video: BVN Special Report - Honorable Ruth Jones McClendon Exhibit Opening and Reception can be seen at https://youtu.be/OZPi5NWyr28.