This Saturday will be the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day that slaves in Texas were finally informed that they had been set free from chattel slavery, years after the Civil War had ended.
Shortly after they were freed, Black Americans across Texas created Freedom Colonies, where they began to amass great wealth and property. Jim Henderson created one of these Colonies in Freestone County.
Soon after, corrupt government officials and attorneys stole their land and tried to throw them in prison.
My guest tonight is Dr. E Henderson Lawson. She is a direct descendant of Jim Henderson, the author of Colored River, and she's going to talk about her fight for justice and recompensation.