June 11, 2007 Publisher/Reporter Louis Simms Volume 1 Issue 7 Celebrating 135 Years St. John Colony, Dale, Texas Founded 1872 Page 1 Juneteenth Times Of Freedom and Unity June 16, 2007 (RAP Continued from previous column) The WHEN DEATH IS NOT AN OPTION OUR ANCESTORS PERSEVERED industry with Rap Music. Some of the lyrics are deplorable, but one must President’s OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT LOUIS SIMMS (512) 453-5509 admire their business savvy. Clean To fully appreciate how much blacks have rapper *Charles ‘NOOK’ Byrd, a Quinton R. Simms Corner progressed, one must understand the nationally recognized rapper who (512) 280-2228 history. The National Urban League produces, writes, and teaches music Equality Index is used to assess the state of workshops is a descendant of St. John “A man who views the world the same at Black America by comparing the Colony. *Craig Andrews, St. John 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of conditions between whites and blacks in Colony descendant, is an international his life.” Muhammad Ali - My views of America using multiple variables. The concert pianist who calls Prince the Juneteenth celebration have changed to 2006 Equality Index has a value of 0.73. Charles, The Prince of Whales, the son a more specific purpose. How to best serve Blacks are 27-percentage points behind of Queen Elizabeth II, and the heir to this community has motivated me to run white America. The Equality Index is the British Throne his friend. for re-election in 2008. When I ran for compiled from five subcomponents: However, the backbone of the black president, I had a clear vision of Economic, Health, Education, Social community was and is a viable God unprecedented rebuilding and galvanizing Justice, and Civic Engagement. This fearing church with Christ centered the community. I was elected President in information was taken from The National preachers and teachers. Whites have 2003 and took office in 2004. We hit the Urban League’s 2006 Annual Report. integrated churches led by Rev. T.D. ground running. In two short years we created by-laws, Articles of Incorporation, When death is not an option, sometimes Jakes, Rev. Creflo Dollar, Rev. received a 501 (C) (3) for STJJB, raised life is not about the choices you made, but Frederic Price, and thousands of other the roof on the pavilion, enlarged the meat the choices made for you by others. Blacks black churches. St. John Colony has house with air conditioning, installed have been in America 388 years, and 63% been blessed with an abundance of running hot and cold water, created (246 years) of that time was spent in excellent pastors and school principals, Senior’s Corner, improved the Concession slavery. After slavery, Black Codes, Jim administrators, and teachers; too many to Stand and other improvements. I would Crow Laws, and overt racism controlled name in this article. However, Rev. John like to thank all volunteers for their blacks for another 103 years. Those four H. Winn, Sr. is the founder of St. John support. Our future is bright because our events chronicle 90% of the black Colony and he organized St. John ancestors persevered and they passed on experience in America. Blacks limped into Regular Baptist Church. Moreover, Rev. knowledge. We learn from our elders. Our a kinder America (1968) with post mortem John H. Winn, Sr. and Rev. Calvin longevity as a community depends on our depressions, the sting of overt racism, and Allen, Sr. were two of four preachers youth. We must get them involved in a real a racial inferiority complex. With ties to who organized St. John Regular Baptist way. This year you will see our youth Africa long ago severed, blacks usefulness Association in Austin, Texas in 1867. being supervised by adults in the meat to whites evaporated with slavery. Just 39 When death is not an option, sometimes house, concession stand, and senior corner. years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was life is not about the choices you made, The need for more money to accomplish or killed and blacks were still marching with but the choices made for you by others. realize our vision is necessary. We are signs determined to convince the world, “I Our ancestors endured the harsh reality soliciting donations from local vendors. AM A MAN.” of slavery, they persevered, and now our Our process for vendors’ donations is In view of those historical facts, the future is bright. We love God, our being fine tuned for greater returns. CVS accomplishments of blacks should be families, the community, and we love 7210 donated $30 last year and $30 this classified as miraculous. Over 9,000 and appreciate our ancestors. Moreover, year. CVS 6822 donated $30 this year. blacks have been elected to public office, we honor them by celebrating the 19th of Both are in Austin. We would like to thank including blacks from St. John Colony like June (Emancipation Proclamation) St. CVS, and Ready Ice of Austin. Quinton *Joe Roland, the first black Caldwell John Colony Style. JUNETEENTH PROGRAM 2007 County Commissioner; *Kennedy Roland, Lockhart’s first black City GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Councilman; *Ron Davis, Travis County Commissioner, and of course, *Azzi AMMIE Taylor-Morton who was Treasurer of the ‘SONNYMAN’ United States. There are black billionaires CARTER, JR. and millionaires, a good percentage of blacks are in that 10% that controls the 90% of the nation’s wealth, and the black 1 middle class is strong. Blacks realize white Estelle (Solomon) Samuel T. men can jump and white people are Brooks Jackson Deacon Ammie Carter, Jr. was born beginning to understand God made blacks The program is from 11:30AM – 1:00PM. intellectually equal to other races. The February 27, 1929 in St. John Colony to This year’s theme is Our Future is Tuskegee Airman, Bessie Coleman, and Ammie Carter, Sr. and Georgia Bright: Because Our Ancestors black astronauts, “have slipped the surly (Walker) Carter. He departed this life Persevered. U.S. Congressman Lloyd bonds of earth, traveled the untrespassed August 17, 2006. God blessed him to Doggett will speak. Estelle Brooks, sanctity of space, where never lark or even become a great leader, counselor, and he speaker, is a retired AISD Administrator; eagle flew and touched the face of God”; loved the community. His contributions currently working for the Texas Education our future is bright. Borack Obama is to the Juneteenth will never be Agency. She is a descendant of Edward strongly supported for President of the surpassed. He worked hard, had a great Hill, Josiah Hill, Joe Hill, and Zulla Hill United States by mainstream white sense of humor, and man, could he sing. Hemphill-Solomon. The third speaker is America. Youthful whites not only want to He was at his best when he called people Samuel P. Jackson, a currently practicing be like Mike, but also *Edwina Brown, to pick up their meat during the law in Austin, Texas. Sam T. Jackson is a professional basketball player; *Marcus Juneteenth celebration. He had a passion descendant of Edward Hill, Josiah Hill, Haynes, The Harlem Globe Trotters; and to maintain and pass on the 19th of June Parthenia Hill-Alford, Cassie Alford- *Johnny Roland, professional football legacy to future generations. He loved White, Otha White-Jackson, and S.T. player. They are all descendants of St. God, his family, the community, and he Jackson. We will honor Colene Demps, John Colony. Blacks have written the celebrated the 19th of June St. John James Carter, Lue Rece Tennon, music that makes the world sing. Blues, Colony Style. Ammie Carter, Jr.’s Maxine Brite, Neldia Greene, and jazz, and soul music are uniquely black. lineage: Joe Davis, Andrew Davis, Shirley Hemphill for their dedication to Today’s young blacks have created a Mary Davis Williams Walker-Simms, the Juneteenth. billion dollar (RAP Continue Next Column) and Georgia Walker-Carter “Celebrating The 19th of June St. John Colony Style” The Publisher’s and Penned by Janet ‘Telee’ Roland-Weiss guest writers’ articles in the Juneteenth Times The State Of Texas Historical Commission Has Designated St. John Colony are not necessarily the Juneteenth Times Picnic and Trail Ride as an Official State of Texas Juneteenth Celebration opinions of STJJB. June 11, 2007 Page 2 Beula Roberts GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN GENEALOGY & HISTORY BOOKS Fennell, still Vera Mae Goode Rev. Webster Gregg (512-926-4363) is active at 93, has Harris was born in writing a genealogy book with many volunteered to give Lytton Spring, Texas on ancestral pictures on the Hill Family the oral history of May 12, 1931 to Chester from St. John Colony. Janet ‘Telee’ St. John Colony. Goode and Bernice Roland –Weiss is writing a history book Her Grandchild, Prince Goode. She about St. John Colony. Please contact Thedencia Sears, departed this life June 9, Telee at (512) 282-7563. will introduce her. 2006. Vera lived in MARY HILL-HUBBARD IS THE She and Ola Lee Sneed, Edward Simms Aransas Pass with her HISTORIAN FOR STJJB and others rejuvenated the Juneteenth husband, Deacon A.V. Harris, who Mary will take pictures and videos of program. Mrs. Fennell’s descendants: preceded her in death. Vera, her brother Juneteenth activities. Give her a few Robert Haynes, Emanuel Haynes, and and sisters, and other family members minutes to take videos and pictures, Melinda Haynes-Roberts. attended the 19th of June faithfully for which benefit the Juneteenth. Mary is many years. The Goode Family is in our the sister of the cooks, Jermaine, TREASURER prayers. Vera is a descendant of Edward Michael, and Derrick Hill who are *Janet ‘Telee’ Roland Weiss is asking Hill, Leah Hill-Waldon, Mary Waldon- descendants of Edward Hill, Josiah everyone to please complete the donation Walker, Ada Walker-Goode, and Hill, Cary Hill, Michael Hill, Willie form for STJJB. The donation is $20 for Chester Goode. Hill, and Frank James Hill. single women/women head of THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW CHIEF FUND-RAISERS households. The donation for single THE COOKS, we appreciate cooks, meat Felicia Wydermyer (512-506-9658) men/men head of households is $30. cutters, servers, concession stand and Andrea Perkins-Blakely are the Make your money orders or checks workers, and all volunteers for their Chief Fund-Raisers for STJJB. One payable to St. John Juneteenth Body: dedication to the Juneteenth. IN TOWN hundred and twenty-five letters were Send to: St. John Juneteenth Body or OR OUT OF TOWN, please donate a sent to various vendors in the Austin STJJB at P.O. Box 152863 in Austin, COVERED DISH. You may donate area. STJJB will not realize the full Texas 78715-2863. Telee’s home salads, cakes, pies, veggies, and other economic impact until next year. We phone number is (512) 282-7563. Your covered dishes. When going through the appreciate the wonderful work they are membership donations are tax deductible FOOD LINE, please take two veggies, doing. Felicia & Andrea are the nieces because STJJB is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit salad, bread, and a dessert. We want to of brothers Louis and Quinton Simms, organization. ■ Vendor spaces are make sure everyone gets a complete meal. and descendants of Edward Hill, Josiah available for $25. If you want a table and Once everyone has gone through the line, Hill, Joe Hill, Abraham ‘AL’ Lincoln two chairs it is $35. If you want to be a you are more than welcome to go through a Hill, & Doris Hill-Simms. vendor, please contact Telee at (512) second time. *Freddie Roland will 282-7563 GENEALOGY announce the call for TAKE HOME BBQ (GENEALOGY continued from previous column) BEEF or CHICKEN. Please designate on *Charles ‘NOOK’ Byrd’s lineage: the donation form whether you want brisket or chicken to take home. Calvin Allen, Sr., Calvin Allen, Jr., ACTIVITES: We will have the free Lana Allen-Washington, Sr., Alter Moonwalk and other activities this year for Mae Washington-Byrd, Margaret the children. Please CLEAN UP your Byrd-Jarmon, & Sharon Byrd Ellerby. picnic area before you leave. All trash goes *Craig Andrews’ lineage: Edward into the large trash barrels. The Pre- Hill, Josiah Hill, Cary Hill, Rev. Juneteenth Program will be Friday, Blanton Hill, Sr., and Dolores Hill June 15th at 12 Noon. Contact Lee Otis Andrews. 8th ANNUAL ST. JOHN COLONY at (512) 559-0418 or (512) 573-3252. *Joe Roland and Janet ‘Telee’ Roland JUNETEENTH TRAIL RIDE Weiss’ lineage: Edward Hill, Parthenia Clay Roland & Stanley Neal STJJB NEEDS A SECRETARY AND Hill, Emily Walker-Winn, Adline There will be a BBQ and other activities VICE PRESIDENT Winn-Roland, and Lee ‘L.V.’ Valdy after 3:00PM at Stanley Neal’s house The Vice President and Secretary offices Roland. Friday, June 15th.. The trail ride is are open for elections. Both positions are open to any member. There will be a *Azzi Taylor-Martin’s lineage: Saturday, June 16th. The trail ride will start at 9:30 AM in Dale, Texas, ride to special election to fill both positions on Edward Hill, Mose Hill, Lee Hill, Ella Saturday, June 16, 2007. Anyone wishing Hill-Bright, and Fleta Hazel Taylor. the Juneteenth Picnic Grounds for lunch, and then back to Dale, Texas. All riders, to fill these positions must submit their *Kennedy Roland’s lineage: Joe Davis, riding clubs and wagons are welcome! name, address, phone number, and e-mail Andrew Davis, Mary Davis Williams address to Georgia at (512) 453-5509 or Walker-Simms, Joe Walker, and Jo Juneteenth’s church service is 11:00 email email@example.com on or before AM Sunday, June 17th St. John Regular Irene Walker-Roland. June 15, 2007. Baptist Church in St. John Colony. The *Webster Gregg’s lineage: Edward donation is $4.00 per person. The JUNETEENTH OFFICERS Hill, Josiah Hill, Cary Hill, Daniel proceeds from this trail ride go to the St. President Quinton R. Simms 280-2228 Hill, and Earlene Hill Gregg-Carter. John Juneteenth Body. Clay Roland, Vice President James R. Carter 459-3842 *Freddie Roland& Shirley Roland- Stanley Neal, nor STJJB are Acting Secretary Georgia Simms 453-5509 Treasurer Janet Weiss 282-7563 Hemphill’s lineage: Edward Hill, Responsible for Accidents. Ride at your Asst Treasurer Shirley Hemphill 601-1096 Josiah Hill, Joe Hill, and Daisy Hill- own risk. For more information, please Roland. contact Clay at (512) 601-1166 or GENEALOGY Stanley (512) 665-8837. Below, list of lineages of St. John Colony’s *Ron Davis lineage: Joe Davis, descendants named in this newsletter. Andrew Davis, Rev. Silas L. Davis, and Clay is a descendant of Jane Roland, *Edwina Brown’s lineage: Jane Roland, Valena Angeline Davis. Henry Clay Roland, Sr., Preston Roland, Sr., and Preston Roland, Jr. George Roland, Sr., George Roland, Jr., *Colene Demps, James Carter, Lue Stanley is a descendant of Melinda Dorothy Roland-Brown, and Ione Rece Tennon, Maxine Brite, and Miller-Haynes, Amanda Miller-Simms, Brown. Neldia Greene’s lineage: Edward Hill, Martin ‘Mark’ Robertson, Robert *Johnny Roland’s lineage: Jane Roland, Parthenia Hill-Walker, Emily Walker- ‘Bob’ Robertson, and Crystal Eddie Roland, and Vernon Roland Winn, and Lee Winn, Jr., and Narvell Robertson Neal Kimble-Gooden. (GENEALOGY continue in the next column) Winn Hill-Hemphill.