February 25, 2008
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."