Palestine in Anderson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Native American photographer, artist and writer Osjetea Briggs was born on December 14, 1917, to Simeon Singleton Briggs (1877-1974) and Docia Augusta (Gant) Briggs (1894-1969) in Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas. Following her high school education, Osjetea moved to Houston where she worked as a film re-toucher until she took an unpaid job as the associate editor of The Houstonian newspaper.
Throughout the 1940s, she traveled the world as a photographer but moved to Palestine in the 1950s and opened her own photography studio. Her photographs captured downtown Palestine and local residents, as well as Palestine community groups. In 1954, she helped found and advise the Anderson County Council of Honor, a male-dominated organization that honored local citizens across eleven East Texas counties for their community service, a position she held for 40 years. In the early 1960s, she founded, edited and published her own weekly newspaper, the Elkhart Eagle and won awards for articles in the Grapeland Messenger and the Groesbeck Journal. Her column "Walk in my Moccasins" in the Elkhart Eagle won outstanding recognition for covering
In addition to her writing and photography career, Osjetea was a member the Anderson County Democratic Executive Committee and a delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention. Briggs' continuous dedication to her community and heritage benefitted Palestine as well as the greater State of the Texas. She died on April 7, 2002, and is buried near Groesbeck.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20147.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Native Americans • Women.
Location. 31° 46.251′ N, 95° 37.945′ W. Marker is in Palestine, Texas, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Palestine Avenue (State Highway 19) and North Laura Street, on the right when traveling east on East Palestine Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 East Palestine Avenue, Palestine TX 75801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seven Oaks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hodges - Darsey House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Col. Homer Garrison, Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anderson County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Don Hastings (approx. half a mile away); Old Town (approx. half a mile away); Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell (approx. half a mile away); Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
Regarding Osjetea Briggs. 'Her name — pronounced “Osheeta” — means “falling star” in Choctaw. Briggs was a proud Native American, with Choctaw, Cherokee, and Kickapoo heritage.' -Texas Historical Commission Instagram
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