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Community Development Corporation

The mission of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation (FDCDC) is to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income individuals and families in and around Jacksonville, Texas.

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Thanksgiving and African American History Thanksgiving, 1777, and African American history briefly addressed on this date. That year, the turning point of America’s Revolutionary War occurred with victory over the British at Saratoga. In response, the Continental Congress then delivered a decree for the 13 colonies to give thanks. Black slaves also took part in the celebration throughout the region, the tradition continued as a custom of rejoicing for the rain to break droughts for a plentiful harvest. Thanksgiving expression for the American Black community began as a church-based celebration. Black pastors often gave sermons that could be heard loud and clear through the many small Black churches. The sermons would be about struggles, hopes, fears, and triumphs. The sermons usually grieved the institution of slavery; the suffering of the Black people; and often pleaded for that an awakening of a slave-free America would someday come soon. In October 1863, months after signing the Emancipation Proclamation earlier in the year; President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation to officially celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Before the proclamation, Thanksgiving was also a period where slaves would often try to escape due to the ending of crop season; but with the new law, it morphed into a time where newly freed Blacks could come together. Also after deliverance from American slavery on November 30, 1876, (Thanksgiving) African Methodist Episcopalian cleric, Reverend Benjamin Arnett preached to a predominantly black congregation with the following Bible inspired words:…we call on all American citizens to love their country, and look not on the sins of the past, but arming ourselves for the conflict of the future, girding ourselves in the habiliments of Righteousness, march forth with the courage of a Numidian lion and with the confidence of a Roman Gladiator, and meet the demands of the age, and satisfy the duties of the hour…” (Saturday Evening Post) Thanksgiving Cover, 1936 

Thanksgiving Blessings!

FDCDC will collaborate with Peoples Church and The Clothes Closet again this year to sponsor Thanksgiving baskets for the community of Jacksonville. The goal is to sponsor 75 baskets at a cost of $40 per basket. All recipients are selected based on criteria. If you or you know someone who is interested in being considered for a basket, contact Mickey Gear at the Clothes Closet. If you would like to donate funds, you can either make checks payable to Peoples Church and put “Thanksgiving Baskets” in the memo OR you can give online at www.peopleschurchtx.org/give and choose the “Community” Fund from the drop down menu. Then put “Thanksgiving Baskets” in the notes section. If interested in assisting with packing and/or distributing baskets, contact Tracey Wallace at [email protected]

Shared by Tracey Wallace 



The FDCDC and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee (JCC) of Jacksonville are collaborating to create a weekend of memorable celebrations for Juneteenth 2022!
Please plan on joining us!

On Friday, June 17, 2022 at 7:30PM, the FDCDC will host a Founders Dinner to honor the legacy created by founders of the Fred Douglass Alumni Association (FDAA). The year, 2022, will mark Fred Douglass High School's (Jacksonville, Tx) centennial celebration.

Tickets are: $500.00 table of 8, $70.00 couple, & $35.00 single (Deadline 06-03-2022)

Location: The Legacy 782 CR 1511 Jacksonville For Tickets or Questions Contact: Anita Starling 832-622-4015

On Saturday, June 18th, the JCC will sponsor a Juneteenth Parade, followed by activities in Lincoln Park for the entire community of Jacksonville. Parade route, times, and entry forms will be provided at a later date.

For More Information Contact: Michelle Williams 903-393-4288, Kesha Castleberry 903-330-5963, or Marsha Robertson 903-721-0810

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FDCDC has a fundamental belief that poverty cycles can be broken by education, hard work and opportunity. We envision young boys and girls in Jacksonville growing up with dreams of becoming confident and successful citizens in their community. Our belief is if they are given the proper tools, resources and guidance they are more likely to fulfill their destiny.

Kudos to Lucy Lacy for Hosting our 1st Fundraiser in 2021!

On Saturday September 25, 2021, Lucy organized a successful Park Lane Jewelry fundraiser to support the FDCDC. It was exciting and fun! Lucy, we value your efforts and appreciate your willingness to raise money for the organization. We want to also extend a heartfelt thank you to those who supported this fundraiser! The total amount raised $1762.00 Thanks again to all who supported this event. We now have $4250.00 in our general fund, only $750.00 left to reach our initial goal of $5000.00!!
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."-Luke 6:38

Seminary Heights Church of Christ Hosts Community Leaders! 

On October 23, 2021 The Fred Douglas Community Development Corporation met with Brother Kelvin Dansby, of Seminary Heights Church to see his current plan and vision for developing the Lincoln Park area neighborhood. This visionary man of God had the foresight long ago to save for the future purchase of land in the community he serves. Through his leadership, the church now owns prime land along Arnold St, Davis St., and Sims St. Solder Field is nearly finished! The amphitheater on the field will be a site for hosting concerts, movie nights, Christian productions and more.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… soon the church will build a gymnasium, and concession stand!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… They also gained ownership of the historical Alberta School. Some of you may remember it as the former location of Fred Douglas Elementary School. God said we are to offer Him our first fruits. He and Sister Dansby have done this. Now their daughter, Tabitha, is working on a business/educational plan for turning it into a pre-K school. Thank you Brother Dansby for keeping it in the “FAMILY”.

Shared by Kenya I. Sekoni Etim, MD

FDCDC – Continuing the Legacy of Service

Please be reminded that the FDCDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you in advance for your contribution and God Bless you and your family!

What We Are Doing

Byron McCuin organized residents of Jacksonville, Texas interested in supporting clean-up and beautification efforts in Lincoln Park neighborhoods located in District 1. Jacksonville officials (Mayor, City Manager, Police Chief, City Council Members) worked alongside residents of District 1 to pick up trash on Saturday, November 6th. Other groups participating included Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation, Seminary Heights Church of Christ, and IMPACT Jacksonville. The group of volunteers combined their efforts from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. District 1 has a beautiful heritage and must always reflect the pride of our past and present generations while fostering a promising future for its residents.


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Community Servant of the Year!

Beginning November 2021 FDCDC will began accepting nominations for Community Servant of the Year award! These will be individuals who were active in the Jacksonville community throughout 2021 and who have supported the FDCDC financially and or through volunteer efforts. Spread the word and keep your eyes opened for the Community Servant of the Year! Send nomination forms to [email protected] please.

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               Sesquicentennial Celebration!

The city of Jacksonville, Texas is celebrating its 150th birthday! The celebration will begin January 2022 and continue throughout the year. There will be special activities and events all year long! The Sesquicentennial Committee wants to ensure the entire community is not only included but actively participates. The Fred Douglass Alumni Association and Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation are asked to collaborate with the city as the 100th anniversary of Fred Douglass High School will be observed and celebrated in 2022 as well.

Some events and activities included in initial discussion are: digging up time capsule buried 50 yrs. ago and burying a new time capsule, Black History celebrations, Easter Egg Hunt, Rodeo, Tomato Fest, Golf Luau, city fireworks, kite contest, and parade.

As the Sesquicentennial Committee begins to plan activities, it is imperative that history from all areas of the community is acknowledged and included. If you have Jacksonville Black history information, ideas for observances/activities, and/or overall suggestions, please send to Tracey Wallace at [email protected]

We are hoping to raise $3000 to help students with college expenses during Fred Douglass School 100 Year Anniversary and Jacksonville's Sesquicentennial next year. Will you consider partnering with us to help more students? Please consider a gift of $100 (or any amount) because every student deserves a chance to attend college. Just go to www.fdcdc.org to make your gift. 

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Attached is the form used to order the bricks for the Centennial Celebration.  

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3 phase development of the Lincoln Park area presented by FDCDC Board of Trustee, Dr. Kenya I. Sekoni Etim  


Phase 1: Renovate the park
Phase 2: Create a community garden
Phase 3: Build a community center

FDCDC is teaming up with other community leaders interested in improving District 1- the Lincoln Park neighborhood to start Phase 1.


Safer: better lighting, neighborhood watch, better equipment.

Smarter: An intentional playground
helps children develop emotionally and intellectually.

Healthier: Improve balance, strength, mobility of seniors and kids. 

Our Fred Douglass Family includes a fine group of people operating as a team with the common objective of keeping the Fred Douglass dream alive and improving the community. All of us play an important part in making this happen. I am pleased and honored to be part of the Fred Douglass Family, and I am looking forward to all of us working on this important community project together.


Willie J. Howard 

M.B. Davis wrote in the 1956 yearbook, The Dragon. He wrote the following to the graduating class, "You have an excellent motto, 'The Door to Success is labeled PUSH.' I urge that you allow the meaning expressed in this motto to serve as an inspiration to you through the years to come. Your contacts and experiences at Fred Douglass High should give you a good foundation upon which to build a life of service to your community, your nation, and yourself. With every good wish, I am, yours truly, M.B. Davis."

Historic Fred Douglass School Opening Provided a Pathway to Success for Black Students

Fred Douglass High School Success Stories

In follow up to the article recognizing pathways to success by FDHS, we want to highlight the many successful students from the historic FDHS. This month's featured success story is Mary Nola Willis Freeman. Please submit information on other FDHS success stories in PDF format to [email protected]


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