Sara Massey

Independent Historian

Sara Reid Massey was retired from the University of Texas, Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio, where she developed award-winning educational materials on Texas history. She was the editor of the Black Cowboys of Texas, winner of the 2000 T.R. Fehrenbach Award of the Texas Historical Commission, co-author of Turn of the Century Photographs: San Diego, and editor of Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, winner of the 2006 Liz Carpenter Award from the Texas State Historical Association.  Her study, Never From from The Sea: The Vietnamese of the Texas Gulf Coast, received the Community History Award from the Texas Oral History Association.  Sara Reid Massey died on her 75th birthday, August 17, 2013, in Comfort, Texas.

Peyton Colony, Texas (1865– )

Peyton Colony’s Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Image Ownership: Public Domain Peyton Colony was a freedmen’s community established in 1865 by Peyton Roberts (c.1820-1888), an ex-slave who migrated to Caldwell County, Texas. Roberts was born enslaved on the William Roberts Plantation in Virginia.  Roberts and several … Read MorePeyton Colony, Texas (1865– )

Edward “Sancho” Mozique (1849-1951)

Edward “Sancho” Mozique was born a slave June 10, 1849, in Columbia, South Carolina. The family, a mother and six siblings, lived as slaves in Spartanburg, South Carolina between 1851 and the end of the Civil War.  Now free, they returned to Columbia. Mozique believed … Read MoreEdward “Sancho” Mozique (1849-1951)

James Kelly (c. 1839-1912)

James Kelly (Photo Courtesy of the Black American West Museum) James “Jim” Kelly, born in Williamson County, Texas, was the son of manumitted slaves, “Uncle Amos” and “Aunt Phoebe” Kelly, who had belonged to the Olive clan, a family of powerful Texas cattlemen. After 1865 … Read MoreJames Kelly (c. 1839-1912)

Cologne, Texas

Goff Store, Perdido (Cologne) Texas, c. 189 Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1877 a small village blossomed that was home to freedpeople slaves from Victoria County, Texas. Ex-slaves, Joseph Smith and George Washington, both born in Virginia, opened a freight and passenger business hauling goods … Read MoreCologne, Texas