SLOCUM (KYTX) Tuesday marks the 104th anniversary of the nearly forgotten part of east Texas History: the Slocum Massacre. It was on July 29, 1910 -- more than 200 members of the black community were killed by mobs of white people in the Anderson county town.
For more than 30 years, Slocum descendants have been working to bring attention to their violent and painful past. In a new book titled, "Slocum Massacre" the author and family hopes to reveal exactly what happened.
"Since my great grandfather's store was the only store, it was frequented by blacks and whites alike and there was a lot of animosity, that was too progressive for that time, so most of them were shot in the back running," said Slocum Massacre descendant Constance Hollie-Jawaid.
In 2011, the Texas house approved a resolution acknowledging the incident. In more recent years, work has been done to get a historical marker placed on the land.