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  • Our Stories: Black Families in Early Dallas
  • GEORGE KEATON JR. retired from Dallas Independent School District after thirty-one years as a teacher and counselor. In 2015 he founded and continues to lead Remembering Black Dallas, dedicated to preserving and sharing the experiences of the African American families of Dallas County. JUDITH GARRETT SEGURA is the author of BELO: From Newspapers to New Media, a history of DallasNews Corporation, Texas’s oldest business institution, which dates from 1842.
  • 2022
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  • Published by: University of North Texas Press
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Our Stories: Black Families in Early Dallas enlarges upon two publications by the late Dr. Mamie McKnight’s organization, Black Dallas Remembered—First African American Families of Dallas (1987) and African American Families and Settlements of Dallas (1990). Our Stories is the history of Black citizens of Dallas going about their lives in freedom, as described by the late Eva Partee McMillan: “The ex-slaves purchased land, built homes, raised their children, erected their educational and religious facilities, educated their children, and profited from their labor.” Our Stories brings together memoirs from many of Dallas’s earliest Black families, as handed down over the generations to their twentieth-century descendants. The period covered begins in the 1850s and goes through the 1930s. Included are detailed descriptions of more than thirty early Dallas communities formed by free African Americans, along with the histories of fifty-seven early Black families, and brief biographies of many of the early leaders of these Black communities. The stories reveal hardships endured and struggles overcome, but the storytellers focus on the triumphs over adversity and the successes achieved against the odds. The histories include the founding of churches, schools, newspapers, hospitals, grocery stores, businesses, and other institutions established to nourish and enrich the lives of the earliest Black families in Dallas.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Editors' Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Early Settlements and First African American Families of Dallas
  2. pp. 1-6, 8-12
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  1. Map of Early Black Dallas Communities
  2. p. 7
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  1. Part I: Early Settlements
  1. Booker T. Washington Addition
  2. Floyd Wilkerson
  3. pp. 15-17
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  1. Eagle Ford
  2. Chloe Baker
  3. pp. 18-20
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  1. The Fields Community
  2. Ora L. Giddings Clayton
  3. pp. 21-26
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  1. The Thomas Hill Community
  2. W. B. Anderson
  3. p. 26
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  1. Mill City
  2. Jere Blanton and Rosa Elston
  3. pp. 27-28
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  1. North Dallas: Freedman's Town/Stringtown/Deep Ellum
  2. Arrie Hughes Jr. and Deborah Fridia
  3. pp. 28-34
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  1. Oak Cliff
  2. Mamie L. McKnight and Ellen Ruth Larkin, with Lillian Thompson and Simon Pentecost
  3. pp. 34-42
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  1. The Prairie (The Prey-Ah)
  2. Sam Wicks
  3. pp. 42-52
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  1. South Dallas
  2. pp. 52-55
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  1. Upper and Lower White Rock
  2. Historian: Eva Partee McMillan with Luetta Fields and Freddie Keller
  3. pp. 55-64
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  1. West Dallas Community
  2. Historians: Chloe Baker and W. B. Anderson
  3. pp. 64-72
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  1. Part II: Schools
  1. Schools for African American Children in Dallas: 1875-1940
  2. Dr. Mamie L. McKnight
  3. pp. 75-82
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  1. Part III: First Families
  1. James H. and Mamie B. Abernathy Family
  2. Family historians: Virginia Abernathy Douglas and Mamie Abernathy McKnight
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  1. John and Anna Anderson
  2. Family historian: W. B. Anderson
  3. pp. 88-90
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  1. Jasper Sr. and Edna Nixon Baccus
  2. Family historian: Annie Baccus Bell
  3. pp. 91-96
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  1. Anderson and Eliza Bonner Family
  2. Family historians: Eunice Bonner Turner and Odessa Bonner Hill
  3. pp. 96-99
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  1. Frederick Douglass Bookman
  2. Family historians: Madelyne Williams, niece, and Dr. Walter Bookman, nephew
  3. pp. 99-102
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  1. Tobe Bosh and May Elder Wilkerson Bosh
  2. Family historian: Mrs. Lucille C. Bosh McGaughey
  3. pp. 102-106
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  1. Abraham and Udora Brewer Family
  2. Family historians: Jesse Brewer and Constance Davis
  3. pp. 107-110
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  1. James and Ellen Brown
  2. Family historian: Alma Elaine Brown with Gladys Jernigan, Charles Brown, and Chestine Brown
  3. pp. 110-114
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  1. John and Reathy Brown
  2. Family historian: Lillie Belle Brown Hall
  3. pp. 114-119
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  1. T. C. and Hannah Clayton
  2. Family historian: Sarah Clayton Finley, interviewed by Willie C. Abney
  3. p. 119
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  1. Elija and Charity Davis Family
  2. Family historians: Herman D. Washington, Doris Washington Bluitt, and V. Jewel Washington Meshack
  3. pp. 120-121
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  1. William and Sarah Jones Davis
  2. Contributed by Ezell Fuqua Carwile with interviews by W. B. Anderson
  3. pp. 122-123
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  1. Dr. William Knox Flowers Sr. Family
  2. Family historian: Merle Flowers
  3. pp. 123-124
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  1. J. S. Giddings Family
  2. Family historian: Ora Giddings Clayton
  3. pp. 124-126
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  1. Charles Randle Graggs Family
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Jeff and Hannah Hill
  2. Family historian: Lela Hill Wicks with Arleanor Hamilton Peters and Della Hill Dunham
  3. pp. 128-131
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  1. John E. Jr. and Ruby G. Hill
  2. Family historian: Marion Hill James
  3. pp. 131-132
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  1. Tom Hill Sr. and Nicy Foster Hill; Ben F. Scott and Annie Hill Scott Families
  2. Family historian: Chloe V. Baker
  3. pp. 132-136
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  1. Earline Goins Hoover
  2. Family historian: Gussie Hoover Montgomery
  3. pp. 136-138
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  1. Samuel W. and Emmie Mae Hudson Sr.
  2. Family historians: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hudson Jr., with a member of each family providing his/her family narrative
  3. pp. 139-154
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  1. Dr. Arrie E. Hughes Sr. Family
  2. Family historian: Arrie Hughes Jr.
  3. pp. 154-155
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  1. Andrew and Tempie Jackson
  2. Family historian: Clifford J. Jackson
  3. pp. 156-157
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  1. William Jackson Family
  2. Family historian: Jimmie Jackson Moore
  3. pp. 157-160
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  1. D. Edwin and Ila Walker Johnson
  2. Family historians and Contributors: Gloria Rhea White, Lois Palfrey, and Rosa Elston
  3. pp. 160-162
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  1. Charles Etta Emory Jones Family
  2. Family historians: Helen Marie Hurd and Ellen Ruth Larkin
  3. pp. 163-164
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  1. Henry Keller Sr. Family
  2. Family historian: Florence Keller Butts
  3. pp. 164-167
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  1. Ben King Family
  2. Family historian: Alvernon King Tripp
  3. pp. 167-170
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  1. Marion and Servilla Dawson Lee
  2. Family historian: Doris Jean Lee Humphrey
  3. pp. 170-175
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  1. Claude Sr. and Julia Carter McCain Family
  2. Family historian: Mae Frances McCain Traylor
  3. pp. 175-176
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  1. John Wesley McKinney
  2. Family historian: Jere L. McKinney Blanton, granddaughter
  3. pp. 177-178
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  1. Dr. Walter Ree McMillan Family
  2. Family historian: Eva Partee McMillan
  3. pp. 178-182
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  1. Mrs. Annie Washington Mitchell Family
  2. Family historian: Maurine F. Bailey, with excerpts from “A Salute to Mrs. Mitchell of St. John Baptist Church” by Bernadine Robinson
  3. pp. 182-184
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  1. Robert Thomas Moore
  2. Family historian: Chloe Baker
  3. pp. 184-188
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  1. Isaac Barton and Chavis Lee Partee Families
  2. Family historian: Eva Partee-McMillan
  3. pp. 188-193
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  1. Minnie K. Tamplin Patton
  2. Family historian: Mrs. Minnie K. Tamplin Patton, as interviewed by Chloe Baker and Mamie McKnight
  3. pp. 193-196
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  1. Henry and Mary Moore and Noah and Ida Penn Families
  2. Family historians: Algernon S. Penn and Effie Penn
  3. pp. 196-198
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  1. Simon Miles Pentecost
  2. Family historian: Ellen Ruth Pentecost Larkin
  3. pp. 198-199
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  1. Dr. and Mrs. L. G. Pinkston Sr.
  2. Family historians: Vareta Pinkston Gulley and Stevonne Gully
  3. pp. 199-204
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  1. Arthur Prestwood Sr.
  2. Family historian: Dorothy Prestwood
  3. pp. 204-205
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  1. Sylvester Walter and Ladora Kennedy Smith Price Family
  2. Family historian: Ruth Price Sanders
  3. pp. 206-207
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  1. Moran and Mattie Bell Johnson Ritchie
  2. Family historians: Charlie Lee Ritchie and Hazel Wallace from Lillie Belle Hall
  3. pp. 208-213
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  1. D. Rowen Family
  2. Family historians: Dr. Robert L. Prince Jr. and Morita Rowen Prince
  3. pp. 213-215
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  1. A. J. and Lena Sherman
  2. Family historian: Callie Spencer, as interviewed by L. B. Hall
  3. p. 216
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  1. Allen C. and Beulah Smart Family
  2. Family historian: Doris Baker Jones
  3. pp. 216-220
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  1. Paul and Sallie Smith
  2. Family historian: Vallie Jo Smith Estell
  3. pp. 221-223
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  1. Charles M. and Lula E. Moore Swann Family
  2. Family historian: Muriel Swann Smith
  3. pp. 223-224
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  1. Taylor Anderson and Mary Jane Coit Tarpley Family
  2. Family historian: Eunice H. Gray Dotson
  3. pp. 224-229
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  1. Finis Sr. and Legurtha McCain Tatum Family
  2. Family historian: Dorothy Tatum Prestwood
  3. pp. 230-231
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  1. Yorktown Thomas Family
  2. Eva Partee-McMillan
  3. pp. 231-232
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  1. John J. and Lurena Alzira Tyiska Thompson
  2. Family historians: Lillian Evelyn Thompson; James J. Tyiska Thompson, M.D.; Finis Thompson Fonsworth Stewart; and Shirley Thompson Loving
  3. pp. 232-236
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  1. Ned and Elizabeth Miller Welch
  2. Family historian: Ruth Welch Edwards, daughter of Dr. John Welch, with Deborah Bedford Fridia
  3. pp. 236-237
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  1. George and Phyllis Jackson Wells Family
  2. Family historians: Waymon Wells and Odie Lee Wells Sims
  3. pp. 238-241
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  1. William Wilkerson Family
  2. Family historian: Floyd F. Wilkerson
  3. pp. 241-242
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  1. Charley and Charlotte Wesley Young
  2. Family historian: Lavora Young Allen
  3. pp. 242-243
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  1. Other First Families
  2. pp. 244-250
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  1. Part IV: Oral History Transcripts
  1. Marzelle Cooper Hill
  2. Interviewed by Deborah Bedford Fridia
  3. pp. 253-262
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  1. Dr. Frank Jordan
  2. Interviewed by Deborah Bedford Fridia
  3. pp. 262-265
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  1. Dr. Lucille Williams Lane
  2. Interviewed by Deborah Bedford Fridia
  3. pp. 264-268
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  1. Thomas Tolbert
  2. Interviewed by Deborah Bedford Fridia
  3. pp. 268-290
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  1. Alvernon King Tripp
  2. Interviewed by Samuel Wicks
  3. pp. 291-294
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  1. In Closing
  2. pp. 295-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-320
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574418880
Related ISBN(s)
9781574418828
MARC Record
OCLC
1344542322
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2022-09-19
Language
English
Open Access
No

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