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02/13/04 - Longview

New Black History Exhibit at Gregg County Museum

      The public has a chance to see the way African American's have played a part in East Texas history through a new exhibit in a museum in Gregg county. They're the faces of men and women who helped build cities and towns in Gregg county, but up until now very little black history has been included at the Gregg county historical museum.

    "The American's Negro has always made a contribution but they've always kind of been hidden away" says  museum volunteer Alice Maxey.

    Through a grant from the city, rare historical photographs were collected and will now be on permanent display. "Our story hasn't been told and we know we had people who contributed to the country and the county" says Maxey.

   The pictures include Jack Garrett, who moved his family to Gregg county in 1880 and became a landowner, his family still owns his 86 acre farm.

     R-G Boucham learned to write at age 77, then authored a book in 1997 called "one man , one book". Floyd Brown, the first black Longview police officer.

     The photo gallery has everything from former slaves who came looking for a better life, to the first black owned businesses. "This museum in particular wants to tell all the stories that we can so right now we're focusing on our black culture" says museum worker Ginia Northcutt.

  The museum is on Fredonia street and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 to 4. Bob Hallmark reporting.

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