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Texas’ oldest Black university was built on a former plantation. Its students still fight a legacy of voter suppression.

Jayla Allen was her family’s third generation to attend Prairie View A&M University. She inherited a battle for voting rights in Waller County extending before her grandfather’s time at the Southeast Texas college.

Prairie View A&M University graduate Jayla Allen, 22, at her family's home in Mesquite on Jan. 13, 2021. Allen is the lead p…
A portrait of Jayla Allen, 22, on her graduation day at Prairie View A&M University in 2019 at her family's home in Mesquite…

Roots in Reconstruction

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Jeremy Butler (l.) and Odaro Adu stand outside the Willie A. Tempton Student Center at Prairie View A&M University encouragi…
Students in line for early voting at the Willie A. Tempton Student Center at Prairie View A&M University on November 2, 2016.

In her grandfather’s footsteps

From left, Brizjon Wilright and Kendric Jones stand outside the Willie A. Tempton Student Center at Prairie View A&M to enco…

The arc bends slowly

Prairie View A&M University graduate Jayla Allen, 22, holds her graduation stole with her grandfather's name embroiled on it…

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