ECR, Rosenwald Historical Commission Topics
Milam History by Joy Graham
Rockdale Reporter - June 20, 2013
Milam County Historical Commission meets six times during every year in different locations across Milam County.
Darleen Tucker, Treasurer of the organization wrote this article to share the work the historical commission is doing across the county.
Conoley Community has a rich history dating back to 1900 and has recently been restored by its church members.
Meetings of the commission are open to the public.
The Milam County Historical Commission met on Monday, June 10, at the restored Conoley Community Church south of Thorndale.
Attending the meeting were members of the MCHC and several descendants of the Reverend Malcom Campbell Conoley, founding father of the Conoley Church. Also attending were several area residents interested in the church.
Rev. James Brymer, pastor of the church, welcomed the group and gave a brief history of the restoration of the church over the past two years.
He shared a notebook of photos kept during the restoration process.
Rev. Brymer also noted that work has begun on renovation of the Conoley Cemetery.
Johnnielyn Brown, president of the MCHC, led the business session and welcomed Jack and Beth Brooks as new members to the commission.
It was noted during the meeting that the new El Camino Real signs are up in Milam County and are a welcome addition to tourism in the county.
The MCHC is working on plans for the dedication of the ECR sign at Apache Pass in the fall.
An update was also given on the Rosenwald School in the Davila Community.
The building is in the process of being restored but foundation issues have halted the progress of the restoration.
This historic structure was one of four schools built in the county to serve the African-American students in rural areas and is the only one remaining.
Other items discussed were the restoration of the old Lebanon Cemetery, Sugarloaf Mountain marker dedication, the status of the Cameo Building in Rockdale, the Garden of Hope in Rockdale, and the status of the MCHC Preservation Grants.
Next meeting of the MCHC will be held Aug. 12 at Sharp General Store.
If you are interested in historical preservation join the group at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Sharp General Store.
Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
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