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  1. I was so pleased to read of this man, Willie Hudspeth, who spent around 21 years protesting the Confederate monument that was on the Denton County courthouse lawn. His tireless protest, carried out almost every Sunday, finally led in June 2020 to the monument being removed. Denton County Commissioners Court voted to remove it on June 9, with the Texas Historical Commission''s later approval, and then the removal was done early in the morning, with little notice. Statue was taken to storage. From the Denton Record Chronicle I n the article first linked, from Business Insider, there''s an interesting discussion about Quakertown in Denton County, which was a black merchant district near town. Essentially, Denton County relocated a thriving black community to a *swampy cow pasture* on the other side of the railroad tracks, in the same year as the Tulsa Massacre. Quakertown This article, that includes photos, is a great timeline of how the first group of black settlers came to Denton to form a town called Freedman, then in 1867 moved to Quakertown. From Dentonhistory.net In 2013 the State of Texas Historical Commission placed a stone marker for Quakertown Park to honor the community that was once there. NBCDFW Incidentally, there is a another wonderful website about at least 3 other communities in Denton County, to include Pilot Point. Research was done by some students at UNT who had enrolled in an African Americans in North Texas seminar. My own history intertwines with Denton County. One branch of my ancestors came from Kentucky to Peter''s Colony in the late 1840''s. (Hawkins, Bates and Witt). '
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