Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the father of a future billionaire? In the Gabriel Ross Perot Cotton Sales Office exhibit, you can experience what life was like as a cotton buyer in historic Texarkana. Learn about the art of cotton buying and check out artifacts from a bygone era in this permanent exhibition.
H. Ross Perot, a Texarkana native and Texarkana College alumnus, has played a vital role at the college since he was a student on campus in the 1940s. Serving as class president and editor-in-chief of the yearbook, Perot had a progressive vision for his alma mater that continues today.
In 2012, Perot challenged Bowie County voters to approve the expansion of Texarkana College’s district by passing a tax annexation election that would lower the cost of tuition for all Bowie County residents and provide critical income to help sustain the college in the future. Perot’s challenge included a pledge to match up to $5 million in donations over a five year period of the community would rally in support of the annexation. In November 2012, voters approved the annexation proposal, and since that time Mr. Perot has honored his commitment to the college.
The permanent exhibit is a composite replica of Gabriel Ross Perot’s cotton office, which a young H. Ross Perot helped his father build. The Texarkana Museum System partnered with Texarkana College to help curate the exhibit and provided historical artifacts and information needed to replicate the cotton office setting. The exhibit includes a timeline mural highlighting several momentous events in H. Ross Perot’s personal and professional lifetime. The Gabriel Ross Perot Cotton Sales Office exhibit will develop into the Perot Leadership museum over the next two years in the Palmer Memorial Library.
View more photos from the Gabriel Ross Perot Cotton Sales Office Exhibit grand opening celebration in April 2014 on Flickr.