Be Encouraged! Profiles in Freedom Colony Courage, Issue #2. Stringfellow Orchards, Part I

Part I: The Beginning of the JourneySamuel Collins, III
23 July 2018
My journey in preservation starts a little over fourteen years ago. I stopped to read a Texas Historical Commission subject marker at 7902 Hwy 6 in Hitchcock. The historic site was Stringfellow Orchards and growing up in Hitchcock I had driven by it many times. The marker was placed there in 1992, but I had never stopped to read it. After reading it and driving on the site I thought to myself this would be a great project to flip as an investment. The 1884 Queen Anne Victorian house sitting in the middle of almost ten acres seemed to be calling me to save it. I looked up the owners in the county tax records and let them know I was interested. In 2004 I was in the middle of changing investment firms and thought it was too big of a project to take on at the time.  This diamond in the rough remained hidden behind the overgrown vegetation. I didn’t know at the time, but there were over thirty live oak trees tucked away waiti…

Announcement! Online Black Settlement Atlas, Statewide Survey Goes Live July 12!

Announcement! TAMU Scholar Testing Online Black Settlement Atlas, Launching Statewide Survey 

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project invites you 
to participate in a statewide study & to test a new mapping application!

Dr. Andrea Roberts (The Texas Freedom Colonies Project Founder) and her research team, areexcited to announce the launch of a new crowdsourcing project:The Texas Freedom Colonies Atlas along with a survey of settlement locations, preservation activities, and culture. 
Since 2014, The Texas Freedom Colonies Projecthas documented Black settlement heritage and grassroots preservation practice among descendants of these historic communities. Freedom Colonies are everywhere, hidden behind the pine curtain of the rural countryside and beneath the concrete landscapes of Houston, Austin, and Dallas. A large number of freedom colonies were never mapped or became "ghost" settlements and the diaspora of descendants spans the globe.…