In this episode, Jennie and Dianne share heartwarming stories of love for children. The first story takes us back to the Great Depression era, where a family relies on the kindness of their neighbors to provide a burial place for their baby. The second story tells of a group of men who rediscover a forgotten cemetery belonging to the Dickson Orphanage, the only state-run home in Texas for black children from 1901 to 1943. Join us for these two ordinary extraordinary stories that prove that love of family and community is a powerful force that motivates us to do our best and be our best.
Photos of Elden T. Longwell & Conn & Davis gravesites provided by Katie Gardner and shared with permission. Photos of W.L. Dickson and Children at Dickson State Colored Orphanage available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Resources used to research this episode include:
Markham, James W. "State Colored Orphans' Home ." https://www.tshaonline.org. www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/state-colored-orphans-home. Accessed 19 Feb. 2023.
Hilburn-Simmons, Jacque. "Recalling the Forgotten: Gilmer residents reclaim Dickson Orphanage graveyard, secure historic designation ." https://tylerpaper.com. 1 Apr. 2017. tylerpaper.com/news/local/recalling-the-forgotten-gilmer-residents-reclaim-dickson-orphanage-graveyard-secure-historic-designation/article_4d2bbbbc-1bb8-5601-93ef-2bf454379a3b.html. Accessed 19 Feb. 2023.
Bradford, Chloe. "Sacred Land: The history of Dickson Colored Orphanage Cemetery in Gilmer ." https://www.cbs19.tv. 6 Feb. 2020. www.cbs19.tv/article/news/history/remembering-the-dickson-orphanage-cemetery/501-f646af93-bf13-4fff-a8c3-bf3ff056108f. Accessed 19 Feb. 2023.