African American History in Ellis County

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African-Americans in Ellis County

African American History in Ellis County
Announcement & First Meeting

Announcement from Sylvia Smith, President,

Ellis County Genealogical Society

Recently, Ellis County Genealogical Society's Board of Directors voted to include under its umbrella the newly formed group African-American History of Ellis County as a Special Interest Group (SIG). This group lead by Easter Butler Fleming and Sylvia Smith meet on the 4th Saturday each month at 10:00AM in the Ellis County Museum. At present their focus is to list names of families, businesses, schools, churches and organizations of the past. Oral history interviews with the eldest African-American citizens in Waxahachie, Ennis, Italy, Milford and other communities is another priority for the group. Ultimately, this information will be shared and published in "Searchers and Researchers."


June 28, 2003 10:00 am

Welcome:   Easter Fleming  and Sylvia Smith

Housekeeping and Administrative:  Easter Fleming

Membership in Ellis County Genealogy Society :  Easter Fleming

Working Session

Refine Mission Statement (draft below)

To Research, Discover, Protect and Document African American History in Ellis County by Oral History Interviews, Genealogy Research … Easter Fleming, Sylvia Smith


Short term goal(s)

Write and publish articles pertaining to African American History in the ECGS publication "Searchers and Researchers"

Identify topics/areas of interest and research for articles

Set up displays and provide documented information to others as needed

Long term goal(s)

Document African American History in Ellis County in various areas:





Business and Economics



Crafts (quilts, etc.)

Establish African American Museum

Get State recognition for documented persons, groups, buildings, etc. as developed

Publish documented history

Put documented information on Ellis County's TXGenWeb site, and Sims Library

Next Meeting: July 26, 2003, 10:00 am Ellis County Museum

Wrap Up and comments

"Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census"


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