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Irving in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jackie Mae Townsell

 
 
Jackie Mae Townsell Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 13, 2016
1. Jackie Mae Townsell Marker
Inscription. Jackie Mae Townsell has devoted her life to preserving the rich history of Bear Creek and providing a better way of life for the people who call this community home. Born April 7, 1936, Jackie Howard was 13 years old when her family moved from Dallas to a two-room house in Bear Creek. Her father, who was a major influence in her life, wanted a good place to raise his three daughters. Since then, Townsell has worked for all Irving residents to carry out her father's dream of a brighter future. She spearheaded efforts to annex Bear Creek into Iriving in 1969, thus providing much-needed city services to the rural neighborhood. Townsell was the first African-American elected to the Irving City Council, and served in this capacity from 1977 to 1995. Her leadership and peacemaking efforts, along with a deep love for people, helped bring harmony and reason to the city. Townsell's calling to help others is reflected in the countless hours given for the benefit of Irving residents. Her restaurant, Townsell's Grocery, became a popular gathering place for lunch and many neighborhood activities. Townsell has been recognized on state and national levels for her community spirit and hard work to keep the history of Bear Creek alive and the city of Irving prospering.
 
Erected 1995 by City of Irving and Irving
Jackie Mae Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, July 13, 2016
2. Jackie Mae Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
Heritage Society.
 
Location. 32° 49.058′ N, 97° 0.102′ W. Marker is in Irving, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Jackson Street east of Gilbert Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Jackie Mae Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3925 Jackson St, Irving TX 75061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bear Creek Community (here, next to this marker); Alexander Dobkins Family Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); LiveStone Lodge No. 152, F. & A. M. (approx. 5.8 miles away); Sloan-Journey Expedition of 1838 (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Bird's Fort (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Arlington Downs Racetrack (approx. 6.2 miles away); Arlington Downs Racetrack and Fountain (approx. 6.4 miles away); Carver Dixon King (approx. 8 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 21, 2016.
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