Local Texas paper begins series on Black contributions in Cherokee county starting from emancipation

Posted: July 29, 2008 in Remember

Once African Americans learned that they were free in Cherokee County, in spite of many obstacles, they were able to make significant contributions to the growth of the county. Unfortunately, historians were not kind to African Americans here. Little was written of the contributions that were made. The many important roles played by African Americans in Cherokee County simply faded into the cemeteries with no more written than a church program.

At the time of emancipation, agriculture was the largest sector of the Southern economy.

It was not until 1900 that comprehensive data was collected to quantify African American contributions in the agricultural industry. In 1900, 87.1 percent of black Texans raised cotton compared to 67.3 percent of white Texans. Because the major industry in East Texas was agriculture, the early contributions of African American to East Texas were in the area of agriculture. (Read more from The Daily Progress)

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