"We Envision A Generation Of Young People
Who Are Proud Of Their Cultural Heritage, And Inspired To Do Great Things."
INVENTIONS ACHIEVEMENTS &
CONTRIBUTIONS THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES
TOOLS, TEXTILES AND THOSE WHO USED THEM
Cotton was the most important commodity in Chappell Hill, Texas after the Civil War—and Black Americans played a significant role in the success of this product.
This year's exhibit explains the tools and textiles most often used by Black American cotton farmers in Chappell Hill. These basic items were often purchased locally from Harry P. Lesser and Sons' General Store.
Some items lasted only one work season (i.e. cotton picking time) and were bought using in-store credit accounts.Nevertheless, each item was essential in the struggle to make a living and to improve the economic circumstances of the worker's families and their communities.
In spite of these hardships, Black Americans were determined to maintain a strong and vital community passing on a legacy of hard work, faith and courage.
Before cotton's decline in the 1960s, Black Americans worked hard using skill, innovation, and diligence. The various tools used, the efforts whole families made to earn a living together, and the teamwork and organisational skill required–these are all part of the Black American Cultural Heritage.
February is the month set aside to appreciate past contributions made by Black Americans. Let us also look forward to even greater contributions in the future.
Photo: model African slave ship (Gorey Island) Copyright © 2012 CHCHG All Rights Reserved
Cotton was the most important commodity in Chappell Hill after the Civil War.
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About the 2012 Black History Exhibit.
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". . . AND THEY SERVED"
We produced this virtual exhibit in order to help document the achievements of a people who rose from the ashes of slavery and made significant contributions to many aspects of American society.
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A Historic Town
Politics, Economy & Education
Arts, Sports & National Defence
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Patriotism, Courage & Honor
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