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Book Author and Watermelon Man aka Johnny Baker

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Tour Tyler Texas - Clarence Edmond Shackelford, community publicist for the Empowerment Community Development Corporation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a focus on Education, Arts, Tourism, Veteran Services, Scholarships, Youth Mentorship, History Preservation, Community Development, Housing, and Economic Empowerment.

Johnny Baker wrote the book author of “How Prayer Kept Jasper Texas from Disaster” released June 25, 2008.

This book is great reading for Black History Month. You can use it as a teaching tool showing the history of Black Americans. Racism is alive and well in America. Having a black president helps a little but, many are still angry because he made it to the White House. While Obama was running for President of the US, a young black man was being killed. On Sept. 6, 2008, 24 year old Brandon McCelland was dragged to death under a pickup truck in Paris, TX. Ten years after James Byrd Jr. was killed in Jasper, TX by three white men. The men dragged his body two miles down a back road until he was beheaded. His body left a brown stain eched in that road. America the home of the free and the brave has a race problem. We have a black President for the first time in history and his name is Barack Obama. This book deals with the issue of being black in Jasper, Texas. This book will open your eyes and it will touch your heart. The people of Jasper,TX kept it together and called for prayer. Paris, TX has a problem with the same type of crime. Was the crime a hate crime or not is the question. The stories are true and they will sometimes make you want to cry. Every man and woman in America should read this book to get an understanding on what really happened in Jasper, TX. It was uncovered by God for us to see racism at it?s worst. Read it and it will change your life forever. - Johnny Baker

Watermelons In The St. Louis Community of Tyler - The sandy East Texas Soil and warm summer days help make Yellow Meat Watermelons and Red Meat Watermelons the sweetest in East Texas. We recently located Pastor Johnny Baker in the St. Louis community in Tyler, Texas.

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ST. LOUIS, TEXAS: St. Louis is a residential community north of the intersection of State Highway 155 and Loop 323 and just southwest of Tyler in Smith County. Settlers had arrived in the area by 1880, when they built the St. Louis Elementary School, named for St. Louis, Missouri. During the 1880s a local company built a portion of the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad just east of the area, making it easily accessible to settlers.

By 1936 the St. Louis school employed two teachers and offered elementary-level classes to eighty-nine black children. That year the community included a business and a cluster of homes at the intersection of a dirt thoroughfare and a bituminous road. The school had been consolidated into the Tyler Independent School District by 1952.

Though in 1966 St. Louis included the St. Louis School, two cemeteries, a church, and a sizeable residential district stretching southeastward from Walton Road past Noonday Road, by 1973 the community was considered part of Tyler and was no longer separately identified on maps. The 1981 county highway map identified the St. Louis Cemetery, but it had been absorbed into Tyler. The St. Louis Elementary School was still operating in 1983.

Clarence Edmond Shackelford says "I have so much history on the St. Louis community and if you will like for me to share contact him by TEXT at 903.253.5099".

Sources: An Administrative Survey of the Schools of Smith County, A History of Tyler and Smith County (San Antonio: Nancy, 1948), Remembering When We Were Colored in Tyler, Texas by Dr. Rodney Lamar Atkins.

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Empowerment Community Development Corporation / http://EmpowermentCDC.org is a 501(c) nonprofit organization with a focus on Education, Arts, Tourism, Veteran Services, Scholarships, Youth Mentorship, History Preservation, Community Development, Housing, and Economic Empowerment.

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