Little documentation hinders research of local black history

It took the Taylor County Historical Commission two years to gather enough information to apply for historical markers honoring two African-Americans who played an important role in Abilene history.

The lack of recorded history -- from books to monuments and newspaper articles -- can probably be attributed to a lack of interest on the part of white people, who make up a majority of the population, and a lack of resources or education for the black population in the past, Dr. Paul H. Carlson, a Texas Tech University history professor, told an Abilene audience last week while discussing his book "Slavery to Integration: Black Americans in West Texas."

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