Shirley Ann Ballard Nero Endowment Fund

The Shirley Nero Endowment started by the Oklahoma Historical Society provides money every year for research, programming, exhibits, and/or events related to the 13 historical all-black towns.

Shirley Nero, a native of the all-black town of Clearview, Okla., taught at Sapulpa and then Porum public schools for thirty years. Nero received four different teacher of the year honors. In 1994 the Sapulpa School Board presented her the Distinguished Service Award. She sits on several boards, including the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Pinnacle Award, which honors outstanding women for their work as role models to women and children in the Tulsa community.

One of Shirley’s passions is Oklahoma history and especially the state’s unique story of these black towns.

Contributions can be made at this link or by contacting the Oklahoma Historical Society.