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Vera Bell Gary talks about graduating Prairie View A & M University with a degree in Home Economics in 1946. She tells how blessed she felt that her first job was with Lincoln High School, an all-Black school in her hometown of La Marque Texas. She…

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Thelma Smith Bowie, Commissioner-at-Large for Texas City, Texas, describes moving from Temple, Texas to Texas City - La Marque, in 1957, and how living at 122 Lake Road “was the best place to be in the whole wide world”. She shares stories about her…

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Reverend D.N. Benford officially recognized as “the longest-serving pastor of a single church" by the Guinness Book of World Records, shares insight into his 72 years of experience as a preacher for the Rising Star Baptist Church. He talks about his…

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Daisy Buster talks about growing up in a family with seventeen children, her community, and attending Booker T. Washington School. She talks about visiting her grandparents in Louisiana and how her sister, Rose, was almost like another mother to her.…

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Dr. Lynn Ray Ellison shares how he grew up in Texas City with six brothers and two sisters. He talks about the economy and how people migrated to Texas City for work. Ellison states that there were 502 families living in their community, and that…

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Rear Admiral Osie V. Combs (Ret. USN) talks about his siblings, parents, extended family and growing up in a neighborhood within a ten-block radius south of Texas Avenue. He discusses Booker T. Washington School and the different teachers that…

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Lee R. Gordon talks about being descended from a family of sharecroppers and why they moved to Texas City in 1946. He describes his neighborhood, parents, family life, and growing up in The Projects, a segregated low-income apartment complex. He…

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Bernia Hall talks about moving to La Marque (West Texas City) in 1952 with her family. She talks about her parents, childhood, and having twin sisters. She describes her early life as busy with studies, chores and taking care of her sisters,…

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Martha Payne Darden discusses how she and her six siblings were born and raised in a segregated neighborhood south of Texas Avenue in Texas City. Darden talks about her childhood, her big family, and her education attending Booker T. Washington…

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Mary Parker talks about her childhood and being one of the three largest families in Texas City. She tells how her father was a World War I veteran and much older than her mother. She talks of her time going to Wharton in the summer and how her…
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