JASPER, Texas — Three weeks after Rodney Pearson became Jasper County’s first black state highway patrolman, he responded to a call from the Jasper Country Club. As he pulled up to the clubhouse, his partner told him to wait.
“‘You can’t go in here,’” Pearson said his partner told him. “‘Just sit in the car.’”
Only whites were allowed inside. It was 1992.