Helen Jackson Franks

While four women enrolled within an hour after Judge Rice signed the order to integrate the college, Miss Jackson registered for classes the next day.  She enrolled as a sophomore, transferring from Huston-Tillotson College. 

She returned to campus in 2014 to be honored as part of Texas State's 50th anniversary of integration and talked a little bit about her experience.

The university was "close to home."  Franks said her father owned a business in San Marcos and it was “much easier to be home and eat home-cooked meals.”  She also said her grandmother was her biggest supporter. 

Source: From segregation to integration: The first Black students at Texas State University