“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Rogersville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
1. Rogersville Marker
Inscription.  Noted for being Huntsville's oldest African-American neighborhood, Rogersville is roughly situated between 7th and 10th Streets and Old Madisonville Road and Avenue N. Micajah C. Rogers, Huntsville's first mayor, originally owned most of the land and began selling it after the Civil War. Although it is not certain whether Rogersville was meant to be an African-American neighborhood, Rogers sold at least six tracts of land to former slaves in 1866 along what is today 10th Street. Among the new landowners was Joshua Houston, Sam Houston's former body servant. By buying property, building homes, and establishing businesses, including a wagon yard, blacksmith, carpentry shop, barber and beauty shops, cafes and other stores, residents confirmed their new independence while holding a stake in the community.

Churches were central to Rogersville, reflecting the freedoms to worship and to gather previously denied to African-Americans. In particular, First Baptist Church, established by "Mother" Sarah Rolling and Rev. J.J. Rhinehardt, strengthened community identity. Neighborhood churches also often served as schools, where students and families
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learned to read and write and continued to gain education. In 1890, after facing some challenges, Joshua Houston and others prevailed in constructing a neighborhood school. His son, noted educator Samuel Walker Houston, grew up here and established the Sam Houston Industrial Training School at Galilee. Rogersville became the site for the annual Juneteenth Celebration, the major social event for Huntsville's African American community overall, Rogersville's establishments have extended economic, educational, and cultural opportunities to all Walker County citizens.
175 Years of Texas Independence 1836-2011
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16786.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
Location. 30° 43.509′ N, 95° 33.46′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of 10th Street and Avenue P, on the right when traveling west on 10th Street. The marker is located in front of the Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1604 10th Street, Huntsville TX 77320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
Rogersville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
2. Rogersville Marker
First Missionary Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Joshua Houston (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wynne House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huntsville Item (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bishop Ward Normal and Collegiate Institute (approx. ¼ mile away); Gibbs-Powell House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pritchett House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Seven Hills of Huntsville (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
The view of the Rogersville Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
3. The view of the Rogersville Marker from the street
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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