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Book Signing with Author Jeri Mills
Posted 02 - 23 - 2015


The Stone Fort Museum at Stephen F. Austin State University will host a

book signing and reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 for author,

Jeri Mills to celebrate the release of her book, African Americans in Nacogdoches County


A retired educator and contributing writer for The Daily Sentinel, Mills will

share images from her book and describe process of collecting

community history. Copies of her book will be available for purchase in

the Museum Store for $21.99 each.


After the Civil War and the end of slavery, African Americans all over the

United States faced the cha
llenge of survival while attempting to

repurpose their lives. Through the images in this book, readers will get a

glimpse of the unique culture that developed in the small African

American communities in Nacogdoches County. Sections highlight

occupations, religion, education, social opportunities and prominent

families during the growth of African American society. Part of "The

Images of America" series, the book uses archival photos to explore the

distinctive local history of our area, striving to make history ava
ilable and



Author Jeri Mills attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas and received her bachelor of science degree

from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, and master's degree from Georgia State University

in Atlanta, Georgia. An active researcher and writer on African American history, her works have

been published in local schools, state, and national publications.


The Stone Fort Museum is a regional history museum located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin

State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Museum exhibits interpret the natural and cultural history of

the region. The current exhib
it, "Misery & Remedy: the Rise and Eradication of Epidemic Diseases in

East Texas," will be open through December 2015.


For more information or museum hours, call (936) 468-2408, email stonefort@sfasu.eduor visit

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