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Singletary Memorial Library Brings a Taste of Africa
and African American History to Rusk


Maxine Session told local history and the story of how her paternal side of the family were survivors of the Slocum Massager of 1910. Her great great uncle Will Burley was killed in the massager. She also told the history of food from the African American culture and how it passed from slaves and is stilled eaten by everyone today. Attendees tasted turnip greens, chittlings, pigs feet and baked potatoes. A film on voting rights was also shown.  Read more Slocum Massacre

George Martin, a member of the Cherokee County Historical Society, tells local Alto history, the history of Booker T. Washington High School. He also answered many questions about general African American history and early settlements and how they came to settle in East Texas


Natalie Jones of Palestine displays the quilt behind the group with the history of 35 figures who contributed to African American history. With her is Hallie Peoples of Jacksonville, Kimberly Stewart, and Queen Lakysha Brown who are from Palestine. The ladies are wearing African Atire.


Amy of the Rusk Singletary Memorial Library invited Dr. Akint Aluyemi, to the far right, to bring “A Taste Of Africa” and the other participants to bring African America n history to Rusk as a way to celebrate February Black History Month. Dr. Akint Aluyemi looks on with the audience who

experienced history and authentic African food and clothing, which she and her group brought.

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