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Remembering The Slocum Massacre

 

Acknowledging the past is just the first step for this small town.

 

February 1, 2016

By Doyin Oyeniyi1 Comment

On Saturday, January 16, a group gathered in the small town of Slocum for the unveiling of one of Texas’s newest historical markers. After years of reaching out to producers and writers, Constance Hollie-Jawaid had finally succeeded in giving the Slocum Massacre an official place in Texas history.

 

“We can’t move forward unless we face the truth,” Hollie-Jawaid says in a short video. “And once Texas faces the truth—acknowledges the truth—the next step is to make things right.”

 

For Hollie-Jawaid, that truth took over a century to fully recognize. During the summer 1910 in Slocum, three black men stepped out to feed their livestock. Unfortunately for them, they crossed paths with a mob of armed white men who immediately began firing upon them. The three men, Charlie Wilson, Cleve Larkin, and Lusk Holley had unknowingly walked into the beginning of what would become known as the Slocum Massacre.Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/remembering-the-slocum-massacre/

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