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Lamar University Collection - Library Groundbreaking Ceremony (1973)
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    From left to right: Congressman Jack Brooks, Betty Jane Briscoe, Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe, Mary Gray, and Lamar University President John Gray
    John Gray delivers a speech. Gray served as the president of Lamar University from 1941 to 1951 and 1972 to 1977. 
    Congressman Jack Brooks receives a standing ovation upon approaching the lectern. A Lamar graduate himself, Brooks sponsored the bill that made Lamar a four-year institution while serving in the Texas House of Representatives. While the initial attempt failed, the legislation passed both houses in 1948 and was signed into law by Governor Beauford Jester on June 14, 1949. 
    Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe speaks next
    Breaking ground
    Mary and John Gray, the two namesakes for the Lamar Library, were among the original 125 students to enroll at the institution in 1923
    A professor leads the crowd in song and prayer