first mayor, G.O. Burgess was an attorney. The Independence
School’s first principal and teacher, O.L. Hubbard, earned
his teaching certificate from Prairie View College.
Resident O.P. DeWalt was a successful businessman who
owned the Lincoln Theater,
which was an African American
in downtown Houston. Prior to
operating the theater, he also served as principal of
the Independence Heights School for one year. In addition,
he received a college degree from Prairie View College.
Hubbard (left) was the second mayor; Arthur L. McCullough
(above) was the third and final mayor of Independence