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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - January 2009
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Black History Month Celebration At Village
Tyler County Booster - January 2009

Black History Month will be celebrated at Heritage Village in Woodville from January 28 until February 28. Everyone is invited to come by the Village and check out the display there.
The Father of Negro History,
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, first organized the Negro History Week in 1926. He probably did not envision that eventually it would expand into a monthly observance
in the 1960’s or less than one hundred years later a Black President of the United States was a real possibility. Today we are aware that the foundation was laid then and our trailblazers
patiently continued the “works,” a story that will go down in history for generations to come.
Each year as these pieces of history are presented, we look at the legacies of many whose decendents are still among us, telling the stories of their ancestors and how they made it.
Michelle Duster, age 44, is the Great Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells. Mrs. Duster is a great writer among other things. A. Lela Bundle, 56 years of age, is the Great Great Grandaughter of Madam C.J. Walker. Ms. Bundles is a journalist. Following after their grandparents
they contributed to the many in an effort to show one may develop themselves in character and status. They say to us that “much can be achieved if we try. We follow these people who have paved the way.”
Heritage Village Museum will salute Black History Month. The Museum has shared in this event since 1990. Prior to 1990, the Black History Program and stories have been in Tyler County since 1979. Through these programs, many pioneers and other natives of Tyler County have been recognized, noting
their contributions to the Southeast Texas area.
African American’s contributions
to this area can be traced as far back as 1846-1870, before the Emancipation Proclamation.
The area grew in wealth and the economy was “top notch.” Farmland was cleared, which made room for great cotton crops, timber and cattle—assets for many.
Many historic families contributed to the development
of our area and left a legacy of “moving on towards progress.”
African Americans who gave their all to Tyler County are found in many households here today.
Josh Hadnot’s blood relatives. Josh was united in marriage to Mandy Slade who came here from a place near Cold Spring with her mother Emily and their slave owner. Slade and his wife Mandy described her master as good and provided for them well. Her husband Josh recalled his being able to attend church services, he stated that many other may not have had the opportunity to attend church services. Josh told his story during an interview with the Federal Writers Project of the New Deal era Work Progress Administration in 1936-1938, remembering his early childhood elsewhere in the South and the journey to Tyler County. It is believed that another brother, John, came along with Josh. The brother John, whose sons and daughters have siblings today in Tyler County, are making their contributions as did their forefathers. Josh and Mandy Hadnot, the uncle and aunt of these siblings, paved the way for the 20th and 21st century generations to follow.



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