Some would call her "Miss Independent," but most folks would just call her Ms.O. 

Ollie May Crawford has lived for nine decades on this earth, and by now, it's clear she's leaving her mark.

Rev. Orenthia Mason said, "If you were blessed to be in Mrs. Ollie Crawford's room, you never left the same way."

Crawford started her teaching career in Smith County at the Dixie Colored High School, later named Carver High School.

In 1955, she transitioned to Emmett Scott High School in Tyler, then later on with the integration of schools in 1970, she was transferred to John Tyler High School. 

Crawford dedicated 40 years to public school education.

To her surprise, today the Texas African American Museum paid tribute to the former educator by naming an exhibit in her honor.

"If I helped someone, then my living has not been in vain," said Crawford. "That's what I was here for, to do something for someone else, not myself."

Crawford will turn 91 on Jan. 27, 2019.

If you would like to visit the exhibit, contact Gloria Washington, the Executive Director of the Texas African American. 

She can be reached at 903-283-6089.