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William Henry Ellis- Texas Slave Turned Mexican Millionaire

William Henry Ellis aka Guillermo Enrique Eliseo may have been born poor in Victoria, Texas, but he ended his days wealthy in Mexico City. Resources: The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (Norton, 2016)  by Karl Jacoby https://www.tpr.org/post/fronteras-how-former-texas-slave-became-millionaire https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/ellis-william-henry-1864-1923/ https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-texas-slave-who-conned-everyone-as-a-mexican-millionaire https://deadline.com/2019/08/producer-phillip-rodriguez-acquires-rights-the-strange-career-of-william-ellis-1202701160/

Martyr’s Park, Dallas

Along the highway, under an overpass near where John F. Kennedy was assassinated is a small park often referred to as junk space. It may finally be getting the story of it’s history as a site of racial injustice told. Resources: https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/architecture/2020/01/24/dallas-is-planning-a-lynching-memorial-it-should-think-bigger/ https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/10/06/if-dallas-hates-erasing-history-so-much-why-doesn-t-anyone-know-about-park-honoring-three-slaves-who-were-hanged/ http://www.dallasparks.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Martyrs-Park-580 https://billbetzen.blogspot.com/2017/10/dallas-martyrs-park-and-john-f-kennedy.html https://archinect.com/news/article/150181243/architecture-critic-mark-lamster-proposes-a-new-pedestrian-memorial-park-for-dallas Places you can support to fight racial injustice: ACLU…

The House on the Hill; or the Murder of the Norton Sisters

The death of two wealthy sisters in Llano, Texas initially didn’t set off any alarm bells. That was until a close friend was tied to an arsenic poisoning a few cities away. The Norton ranch stands to this day. Resources: Poison for Profit by Mac B. McKinnon Texas Monthly: Poisoned with Love https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/poisoned-with-love/?fbclid=IwAR1b2gH5bgW_t9r5MG2pv03B4TQo2GaFOMWKLRO6zDaswl5HJFDoICuUbi0 https://www.texastribune.org/library/data/texas-prisons/inmates/timothy-g-scoggin/1177168/ http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txllano/THE%20HOUSE%20ON%20THE%20HILL.htm…

The Popeye Statue of Crystal City

Just under two hours Southwest from San Antonio sits a statue devoted to a beloved cartoon character that may have had something to do with keeping Crystal City alive during The Great Depression. The statue can be found at 400 W Zavala St, Crystal City, TX 78839. Resources: http://www.texasescapes.com/They-Shoe-Horses-Dont-They/Popeye-Sailors-in-Limestone.htm https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2658 https://texashillcountry.com/popeye-sailor-crystal-city-texas/ http://cityofcc.org/

The Haunted Clocktower of Gonzales

The Gonzales County Courthouse is a marvel of a building that was begun in 1894. By 1846, the brick and limestone building was festooned with a gorgeous clocktower. However, after a murderer made a final claim, the clock tower found its curse. Resources: https://maps.roadtrippers.com/us/gonzales-tx/points-of-interest/cursed-courthouse-clock http://www.texasescapes.com/TRIPS/GreatAmericanLegendTour/GonzalesCoCourthouse/Gonzales-County-Courthouse-Clock.htm https://www.gonzalestx.travel/business/gonzales-county-courthouse So you can get a look at the clocktower:


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