February is Black History Month and Bonham offers many events celebrating the achievements of the Black community in Bonham.
February 4th at 2pm

THE ROLE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY DURING WORLD WAR I
with GUEST SPEAKER: DR. LILA RAKOCZY
of the TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION
featuring MUSIC and REFRESHMENT
at the
SAM RAYBURN MEMORIAL VETERANS CENTER
AUDITORIUM (LOCATED IN BLDG # 3)
1201 E 9TH STREET, BONHAM, TX 75418

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Black History Celebration for 2017

The theme of this year’s event is the Role of the Black Community of Fannin County in World War I.
Roy Chaffin, one of the World War I soldiers from Fannin County

Roy Chaffin, one of the World War I soldiers from Fannin County

The United States entered World War I (then known as the Great War) in April 1917.  Over the next two years commemorations of the centennial will be taking place all over the United States.  The Black History event for 2017 will be the first event in Fannin County as part of this commemoration.
We are very fortunate to have as our speaker Dr. Lila Rakoczy, Coordinator of the Military Sites Program of the Texas Historical Commission in Austin  Dr. Rakoczy has conducted extensive research on World War I experiences of East Texas African Americans, both those who served in the military during the war and African Americans on the home front.
Dr. Rakoczy will speak and present a powerpoint presentation with wonderful photographs.
In addition to her presentation, there will be music as well as refreshments after the formal presentation with time for sharing with friends.
Mark this date on your calendar and join us for a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon.
About Dr. Lila Rakoczy:
Dr. Lila Rakoczy is a military and public historian/archaeologist with degrees from King’s College London and the University of York. Her professional background includes six years in Britain’s museum sector,  as well as three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. Her current role as the project director for No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in WWI (nmltx.org) has resulted in the identification of over 11,000 African American men from East Texas who served in the U.S. military during the First World War. She is currently the state coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission’s Military Sites Program and resides in Austin.
Here is a list of Black Soldiers from Fannin County and the cemetery they are located in:


Cedar Hill Cemetery:
Isom J. Allen
Bus Deadman
Hosie Enox
Oscar Graves
Fay Hill
Robert Johnson
Charlie Jones
Ernest Massingill
Louis McChester
Luther Newsom
John Pendleton
Dr. Denzil Perdue
Lonnie Richards
Ivan Smith
Leon Stewart
Willard Turner
World War 1 soldier William Dupree - Union Cemetery

World War 1 soldier William Dupree – Union Cemetery


Gates Hill Cemetery:
Marvin Bennett
David O. Collins
Jodie Dodd
Ollie Higgs
Elbert Hill
Almer Hooks
Eugene Ingram
Sam Lewis
Atchison McFarland
Alvin Reeves
Roland Ross
Melvin Stevenson
Walter Phillips WWI tombstone - Union Cemetery

Walter Phillips WWI tombstone – Union Cemetery


Hill Cemetery:
Essien Fowler

Mt. Zion Cemetery:
Lamenon Green
Lawrence Higgs
Braham Pruitt
Luke Pruitt





Pleasant Grove Cemetery:
Willie Byse
Allen Clark
Charlie Harris
Celmon Jackson
John Jones
Archie King
Johnie King
Ollie King
Albert Mazon
Eugene McKinney
Ernest Shaw
Harvey Taylor
Samuel Smith tombstone WWI - Union Cemetery

Samuel Smith tombstone WWI – Union Cemetery


St Mark Cemetery:
Oaie Branough
Roy Chaffin
Robert Fields
Roy Ryan
William Shaw
Squire Walker
Isom Wells
William Woolridge
World War 1 soldier Linwood Hill. Union Cemetery

World War 1 soldier Linwood Hill. Union Cemetery


Union Cemetery:
Masco Anderson
William Henry Davis
William Blaine Dupree
Linwood Hill
Elbert Jones
Walter Phillips
Herman Smith
Samuel Smith


 Upper Union:
Henderson Gentry

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