A rush to map freedom colonies before a crucial part of history is lost

Andrea Roberts became interested in uncovering and preserving the history of freedom colonies during a visit to Shankleville, an unincorporated community on the most eastern edge of Texas that was founded in 1867 as a Freedmen’s town — communities built by former slaves following the end of the Civil War. Roberts was there for a heritage and homecoming festival honoring the founders of the settlement.