Carol Taylor

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bankhead Highway sign to be dedicated at Greenville's Corner Street Pub June 17

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17.  The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Greenville's history of 'opera houses'

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hunt County rich in baseball tradition

Majors Stadium arch, downtown Greenville

Hunt County has a rich baseball tradition, according to Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor.  Greenville recently observed the 65th anniversary of the minor-league Greenville Majors defeating the mighty New York Yankees in an exhibition game.  The legendary Monty Stratton of "The Stratton Story" fame was from the Greenville area.  And "town teams" from almost every community in Hunt County used to play each other in fun, and sometimes fierce, competition.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Tales of the 'madstone'

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor often uncovers quirky bits of local history, and one of those is the "madstone," which was used as recently as 100 years ago to cure rabies.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Greenville's Fred Douglas School receives state historical status

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says.  Black children attended the school in the days of segregation.  A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center. 

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Andrew Jackson Hurdle: Former slave, founder of churches and a college

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Taylor: Ruby Allmond was a female music trailblazer

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Carol Taylor: "Shooting the anvil" for Christmas

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Carol Taylor: Christmas used to be a community event

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says in the years after the Civil War, people in Hunt County used to celebrate Christmas as a community, with a large Christmas tree in the county seat of Greenville.  Christmas trees in homes were rare or non-existent.  A large crowd of people would gather  on Christmas Day to observe the holiday, and children would receive modest gifts.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Taylor: Caddo artifacts can be found in Hunt Co.

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says artifacts of the Native American Caddo tribe are not too hard to find in Hunt County, but she says the tribe was not as numerous as you might imagine.

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