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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjuction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community. The series is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that “every person is a historian,” and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of this region.

February 6: A Tale of Two Families - The Cheney-Sanders History in Fort Worth

Presented by: Andrew “Drew” Sanders, Independent Scholar

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Come with us on a journey into the Garden of Eden neighborhood of Fort Worth. In commemoration of African American History Month, author Drew Sanders will share the engaging story of his Cheney and Sanders ancestors’ path to Texas and the freedman’s community they established from his new book, The Garden of Eden. Drawing from personal interviews and exhaustive research, Sanders will recall the joys and sorrows of life in the Garden from its early days as a flourishing farm to its 21st century role as the city’s first African American historic and cultural landmark district. A book signing will follow his presentation.

Drew Sanders is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and retired after a thirty-eight year career with Texas Industries. The Garden of Eden: The Story of a Freedman’s Community in Tarrant County, Texas is the culmination of a lifelong interest in family and local history.

The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

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Last updated: Jan. 14, 2016

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