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Gregg Co. Museum Exhibit On Influential African Americans Of East TX

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CourtesY: Gregg County Historical Museum

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY-  In Longview, Texas , the Gregg County Historical Society has a special exhibit on display that gives a glimpse at notable African Americans from the area.  The  exhibit  is  called: “Portraits of our Past: Influential African Americans of East Texas”.  Our Longview reporter Suzanne Scribner paid a visit to the Gregg County Historical Society and spoke with its Executive  Director Lindsay Loy. 

Biographies and memorable of African American heroes in education, medicine, dentistry, masonry, and sports from East Texas are celebrated in the Gregg County Historical Society exhibit. Although some names  like boxer George Foreman and former Longview Lobo and Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams  may be more recognizable with exhibit goers,.

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Credit CourtesY: Gregg County Historical Museum
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CourtesY: Gregg County Historical Museum
Longview native Charlie Neal helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series.

“Many of these people are unknown, so I think it is going to be a great exhibit for those interested in black history.," Loy said. "I think you will learn some facts about significant African Americans in this area”.

On display is some special memorable from Charlie Neal.

“He was one of the first African American baseball players and played with Jackie Robinson," Loy explained. "He has a golden glove and he has a baseball from one of the All-Star teams”.

The exhibit is on display at the Gregg County Historical Society through the end of March.  The Gregg County Historical Society is located at 214 Fredonia Street, Longview, TX and open Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information CLICK LINK: GREGG COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM