Documentary shows history of Norris Community

Commerce – A screening of the documentary film The Other Side of the Track, centered on the history of the Norris Community in Commerce, is scheduled for Monday afternoon on the A&M-Commerce campus.

There will then been be talk with the protagonists of the documentary: James Conrad, Opal Pannell, Billy Reed, and Harry Turner.

The viewing will take place at 3 p.m. from Room 203 of the Hall of Languages.

This is the first documentary that recounts the segregation in this area of Northeast Texas. The urbanization of Commerce is reconstructed through the stories and the places of the African Americans who live in the Norris community, a neighborhood separated from the rest of the city by a railroad. The slow rhythm of the City was filmed, along with the stories of its citizens who made its history.

The Converging Literacies Center and the Department of Literature and Languages invite anyone to attend Monday's event.