The work of The Long Black Line.Org started in the Mt Union Texas community and with the Booker-Bean-Wright family. Herman Wrights 2005 film The Long Black Line chronicles his discoviery of his roots. His cousin Alton Booker, the President of the Cemetery Association for the community created an extensive genealogy databased which resulted in Springhill Cemetery in 2007 recieving an historic designation from the State of Texas.

The patriarch of The Wright family is Benjamin Wright Sr (1845 – 1899).

Kirbyville Wrights

It is assumed by Herman Wright’s family that they are related to the Sherrod Wright clan. Oral history on both sides seems to indicate that is true. There is also a family resemblance that tends to confirm that. While it is not known precisely where the family relations start, there is speculation that Benjamin Wright, born in 1843, is related to Solomon Wright and that his son Nanny Wright who died in the 1850’s may be Benjamin’s nephew.

Benjamin built his own legacy on this land, one that remains today with 4th and 5th generation Wrights that continue to call it “Home”.

Where do you fit along The Long Black Line?

Herman Wright is in the production phase of creating three films that will tell how African Americans have fit into Texas and American history over the past 200 years. He will examine the history of 3 families in Texas who founded three communities after Emancipation. We are looking for your stories, your genealogy, in order to help continue this narrative of African American history.

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