The Big Tent

The tent was being put into place at Rainey and Lee by eight o’clock on Saturday morning. The smokers were fired up for barbecued chicken and ribs. Peach cobbler and chocolate cake topped off the dessert menu.
KKVI Radio’s own Bill Wright brought a DJ and equipment for the remote broadcast from the 4th Annual College Hill Reunion. Bill related how local radio station KGVL gave him his start. Music ruled the afternoon with hits by Aretha Franklin taking top billing.

Burleson College closed its doors in Greenville during the depression years. The administration building and classroom buildings were still used into the 1950s. Today the site is known as College Hill. Image public domain.

T-shirt vendors pushed “Straight out of College Hill” and “College Hill Reunion.” College Hill is where Burleson College once stood. Burleson College was established in 1895. The five-acre college campus was located one mile from Greenville, and the three-story, brick administration building was completed in October 1895. A group of interested men organized the Dormitory Stock Company in 1895 and built a three-story, wooden dormitory building by early 1896. The site is known locally as College Hill. The college was in and out of receivership but finally closed its doors in 1930 due to unmanageable debt.
Motivational Speaker, Ricky C. Simmons, and others celebrate the College Hill every Labor Day in Greenville. All people are welcome to celebrate Greenville’s diverse heritage. Dominos, “magic” bubble machines, hula hoops, and water balloons tossed by children made everybody laugh and keep cool in the ninety-degree heat.

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