Shelby County Historical Society sets Sept. 17 meeting

Program provided by author of "East Texas Troubles: The Allred Rangers' Cleanup of San Augustine."

The September meeting of the Shelby County Historical Society will be held 2-3 p.m., on Sept. 17, at the Shelby County Historical Museum., 230 Pecan Street.

Guest speaker this month will be Dr. Jodi Edward Ginn. The topic will be "East Texas Troubles: The Allred Rangers' Cleanup of San Augustine." This is the story of a rural community's extrication from the grip of a vicious criminal gang who built their power by exploiting institutionally marginalized African Americans.

In telling this story, Dr. Ginn reveals a multifaceted history of the reform of the Texas Rangers, and of an unexpected alliance between the legendary frontier lawman and black residents of the Jim Crow South.

Dr. Ginn will also be holding a book signing while he is here. The public is invited to attend our meetings. Also, if you are interested in the history of our state and area, we invite you to come join our organization and help us get the word out about all the fascinating history that surrounds us all.