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Crockett and East Texas News

by Billy "Hollywood" Groves

 Billy "Hollywood" Groves


Judge “Hang Em High Harry”


The Federal Judge, who struck down President Obama’s Health Care law in a Richmond, Virginia court recently,  has an unusual nickname for a judge, “Hang ‘Em High Harry”. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson supposedly earned that nickname because of his tough stand against crime from the bench. As an African American male, I am highly offended by a U.S. Federal judge in Virginia with that nickname. For starters, Virginia has a long history of abusing African Americans in their state. As one of the original breakaway Confederate States of America, Virginia used lynching of black people as a way to control them. As a matter of fact the original Lynch Law, which allowed people to hang Black people without a trial, started in Virginia. It comes as no surprise that a Republican Judge with a nickname like “Hang ‘Em High Harry” would have a problem with any law proposed by an African American president of the United States of America. God Bless America! Until next time ~ Billy “Hollywood” Groves

Cuney, Texas History

On March 13, 1919, Javance Cuney Boykin was the first baby born in Cuney, Texas. Cuney is one of the few black towns in Texas. After the Civil War, around 1865. freed slaves began to settle the area. In 1914 H. L. Price, who at the time was a cashier at the Palestine, Texas Farmers and Citizens Savings Bank, go together with other black investors. They formed a development company and platted a town site. It was named for Price’s son Cuney Price who in turn, was named for Norris Wright Cuney, a prominent black politician and head of the Republican Party.  Javance said his father, Dr. Henry Cleveland Boykin, was one of the investors that H. L. Price talked into moving to Cuney.  A sawmill was setup in the area to help build the town. The Cuney Post Office was authorized by the government in 1917 and located to the south of highway 140 by the early 1920s. (Taken from live interview with Javance and recorded in the January 2004 issue of the Cherokee County Informer.  Below photograph of historical marker in Cuney, Texas.

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