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Mrs. Mary Canada

Description: Mary Lee Pettus Canada’s obituary. Mary Lee Canada was a respected resident of Beeville for more than sixty years. Born in Goliad on September 26, 1884, Mary Lee Pettus married Elvy Canada in 1909 and moved to Beeville. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and was the first Worthy Matron of the Golden Leaf Chapter # 593, Order of the Eastern Star which had been organized in Beeville in 1928. She and Elvy had one daughter, Alma Hampton, who worked the summers in the fields to earn money for her first tuition at Guadalupe, a school for blacks in Seguin, and taught school for forty-two years. Mary Lee Pettus Canada died on June 20, 1964.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Lott Canada Teacher Mrs. Garner

Description: Photograph of Mrs. Felix Garner, a teacher in the first Lott-Canada School in Beeville. Her husband, Felix, was a charter member of Jones Chapel Methodist Church, which was organized in 1888. She and her husband ran the first Black cafe in Beeville. The cafe was located across from the train depot. Her father, Henry Shaw, lived to be 112 years old.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

[People at an Event]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and women standing in lines in a community recreation center (most likely Doris Miller Auditorium in Rosewood Park in Austin) at an event of some kind. Some people are at a ticket window.
Date: September 1, 1960
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Group Seated in Chairs]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and women sitting in rows of chairs and laughing. Likely taken in the Travis County Negro Extension Service Building located at 1154 Lydia Street, Austin, Texas.
Date: October 1954
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Postcard of a Woman]

Description: Postcard of a woman wearing a dark coat with a scarf tied around her hair and standing in front of a painted backdrop. This collection of photographs of African Americans was purchased from an estate in Dallas, Texas.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis