It’s Thanksgiving Day 2012, as well as, “Those Places Thursday!” This blogging prompt gives me a chance to reminiscence about how and where my ancestors lived and to write about “those places” via stories and/or photos.
This past Sunday I came upon this wonderful news story on DallasNews.com about Pelham, Texas, a small Freedman community that’s fighting hard to preserve its legacy for future generations. As far as I know, I don’t have any ancestors who lived in Pelham. But I have had ancestors who lived in similar communities like the historic Houston’s Fourth Ward, the site of Freedmen’s Town, which was a post-U.S. Civil War community of African-Americans, that no longer exist today due to gentrification.
So I’m very thankful that this community’s story is being told and I share it with you on this national day of thanksgiving. Enjoy!
The people in this inspiring video are full of hope and dignity. I especially responded to the last speaker, Bernard Porter, who said “I have no hate in my heart.”
Thanks Mariann for checking out this video about Pellham, TX. I agree, this video is hopeful and capture the hearts and souls of some very special people. I was touched by it as well and couldn’t resist sharing it today!