The Long Black Line Celebrates its Fifth Year Anniversary

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Special Tour of African American Communities Planned for February to Commemorate Five Years of show casing the History of East Texas

KIRBYVILLE, Texas, December 1, 2011 — The Long Black Line.Org (LBL) announced today that it will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a special tour on February 25, 2012, of the African American historic rural communities of Mt Union and Magnolia Springs in Jasper County, Texas.  There, an entire of generation children were transformed economically and socially through the efforts of James and Rachel Frazier and their three daughters, known as the “Three Sisters”.

Extensive research conducted by the LBL has shown that the efforts of the Frazier family to create a thriving community touched thousands of East Texas families through the building of Rosenwald Schools, WPA built school and other schools built during school “consolidation” movement of the 1950’s.

“In these uncertain economic times, a strong united community is crucial to creating a thriving economy,” said Wright.  “History shows us that Mount Union and Magnolia Spring were just such places as a result of the leadership of James and Rachel Frazier and their daughters.”

Wright added that The Long Black Line.Org is dedicated to sharing the history of these communities and documenting the values of the communities families, their relationship to the land and their historical legacy in America.

Over the past five years, Herman Wright Jr., executive director of The Long Black Line.Org. has shared the history of Jasper County to groups across Texas and has also traveled widely throughout the nation telling his story of the African American migration to Texas in the 19th century and their subsequent educational attainment in the 20th century.  He has spoken to groups ranging from the East Texas Historical Association, The Jasper County History Museum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation to the Army War College and the National Council for Public History.

Since LBL’s founding in 2007, more than 1,000 people have participated in The Long Black Line tours or attended presentations across the nation on Jasper County and its place in African American history.

About Herman Wright, Jr.

In 2010 Wright was named as Research Fellow at the Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas. He is the producer of the documentary “The Long Black Line,” which was a finalist at the Boomtown Film Festival in Beaumont Texas in 2008. The film chronicles the history of the African American community of Mt Union, Texas.  Wright also runs the Wright Brothers Ranch, a stop on the LBL tour. The ranch is recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture as part of its Family Land Program for being in continuous agricultural production by a family for over 100 years.

About The Long Black Line.Org

The Long Black Line.Org (LBL) was founded in 2007 to sharing the history of the African American rural communities of East Texas through research, lectures, tours and film. LBL explores and documents the values of the families who lived there, their relationship to the land and their historical legacy in America.

For more information on LBL the communities and families of Magnolia Springs and Mt. Union, visit  www.thelongblackline.org

Tours

For information about the special 5th Anniversary tour and other upcoming tours, please contact  Herman Wright at herman_wright@thelongblackline.org. or at 818 317 8039. For more information about the tour and the history of Jasper County Texas, visit www.thelongblackline.org