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Have You Herd? November 2009 5 African Americans in Amarillo

WTAMU Professors Pen Book on African Americans in Amarillo

The history and heritage of the black community in Amarillo is the focus of a new book titled African Americans in Amarillo by West Texas A&M University faculty members Claudia Stuart and Dr. Jean Stuntz. The two authors will be at a “Meet the Authors” event from 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Blackburn Reading Room at the Cornette Library on campus. They will be signing copies of their book, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The book, published in May, is part of the Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishing. It tells the story of Amarillo, founded in 1887, and the movement of African Americans into the city beginning with Jerry Callaway in 1888 and Mathew “Bones” Hooks in 1900. The authors examined the role area churches played in the heritage of the African American community, and a number of vintage photographs help tell the story.

Stuart is an instructor of criminal justice and sociology, and Stuntz is an associate professor of history at WTAMU. African Americans in Amarillo is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers or through Arcadia Publishing.

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