La Marque in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Frank Bell Jr.
Bell served in the U. S. Army during World War I and later was stationed in this area. He retired from the army and began working in the oil industry in Texas City. In 1938 he began a real estate career with the purchase of land in La Marque which he and partner Will Mentor subdivided into residential lots. As a partner in the B A & P Realty Company Bell helped develop a number of residential subdivisions in La Marque’s African American communities in the 1940s.
Bell gained a reputation for fairness in his real estate dealings and as owner of a neighborhood store and gas station. A behind-the-scenes force in local affairs, he served on Galveston County’s Negro Chamber of Commerce and was often referred to as La Marque's unofficial African American mayor.
Bell played a vital role in the creation of Carver Park and in obtaining needed funds to enhance the religious, educational and recreational opportunities for the city’s African American community.
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission on
Location. 29° 22.118′ N, 94° 58.303′ W. Marker is in La Marque, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Cedar Drive and Bayou Road, on the right when traveling west on Cedar Drive. Touch for map. Marker located in NE corner of intersection of Cedar and Bayou Road. You can see the marker when standing on the East side of Bayou road looking West down Cedar. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1111 Bayou Rd, La Marque TX 77568, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Marque (approx. 0.4 miles away); Settlement Community (approx. one mile away); Paul's Union Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Stringfellow Orchards (approx. 3.1 miles away); S.S. Grandcamp Anchor (approx. 3.4 miles away); Texas City Memorial Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Texas City (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Marque.
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2008, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,214 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 3, 2008, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on February 12, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.