Texarkana College is saddened by the news of the death of Mr. H. Ross Perot earlier this morning. Texarkana College officials will hold a press conference today (Tuesday, July 9) at 11 a.m. in the Perot Leadership Museum located in the TC Library.  Mr. Perot was TC’s most notable alumnus and made significant contributions to the college during his time as a student and as a donor during recent years.

The official website in honor of Mr. Perot hosted by his family can be found at www.rossperot.com.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

–Seneca the Younger

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.

Museum Hours

The Perot Leadership Museum is open during the Palmer Memorial Library’s regularly scheduled hours. Hours are as follows, but during holidays and closures, changes will be posted on the Palmer Memorial Library page.

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Monday7:30a9p
Tuesday7:30a9p
Wednesday7:30a9p
Thursday7:30a9p
Friday7:30a4p
Saturday
Sunday2p9p
1024 Tucker Street
Texarkana, TX 75501

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