In late summer of 1919 Lemmel Walters left Chicago to become romantically involved with a young white lady named Meagan Reese from Kilgore, Texas. As he made his way by train to his new destination Lemmel Walters had no idea that this love affair would leave a trail of tears, bloodshed and one of biggest cover ups in East Texas history. Emerging from the East Texas Piney Woods just a few miles south of Longview, Texas in a small rural community call “Foote Switch” or better known by the Negro population as “Footsie Bottom” comes a gripping love story and murder cover up of two young people whose romantic involvement being taboo for that era refused to bow to the status quo of the day costs a young Mr. Walters his life. In a backdrop of racial hatred and violence the love of two young people prevails and lives to inspire others. The racial unrest of the time would come between them and spark a race riot and foster one of the greatest cover ups of racial injustice in Texas. This Twentieth Century Romeo and Juliet love story set off a fire storm of race riots in Longview and East Texas that even today people still want to forget.
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Mandel Stoker's roots run deep in East Texas soil. He was born in Longview ,Texas in 1958 in a family of 12 to the parents of Vernon and Bettie Stoker. Mandel started public school at an all Black school called Mayflower in 1965 . By the time he was a 5th grader the Mayflower School had completely integrated with the school being located in Tatum, Texas and graduated from Tatum High School in 1977. Mr. Stoker earned his B.S. Degree in History in 1981 from Texas College in Tyler, Texas. He has been married Pamela since 1985 and has two sons. He is employed by Longview I.S.D. which allows him the time to dedicate to working in his local church and doing extensive research in the East Texas African American communities. His passion is to write about the hidden gems of truth in East Texas’ rich African American past like “Foote Switch” his first offering as an African American Historian , Scholar and Writer. books. The
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Descrizione libro Stoker Publishing Group, The, 2014. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 692262083