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Welcome to Fred Douglass
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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August is an exceptional month of kindness!

In the past we have viewed and experienced kindness coming from every direction, and I'm sure this August will be no different. We are poised and ready for every act of kindness that will come our way. Whatever act of kindness you choose to display, I am certain that it will be appreciated!  

        Grateful to our anonymous donor!

Get your Fred Douglass High School commemorative ink pens while they last!

The cost is $5.00 per pen, which includes a black pen holder. Pens can be purchased from any Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation board member or contact FDCDC vice president, Anita Starling at 832-622-4015. All proceeds support the FDCDC revitalization of District 1, Lincoln Park community.

Pens and Holders donated by Mattie Fry Dickerson! We are grateful for Mattie's generous donation!

Don't miss out on getting your 100 Year FDHS Souvenir T-shirt. Deadline to place order is September 1, 2022. 

For questions, contact Anita Starling at 832-622-4015, or Sandra Thompson at 903-721-2261

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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.

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Fred and wife, Clorinda Wagoner make a $1000.00 donation to the Lincoln Park Revitalization Project on July 30, 2022

Austin Bank makes a $1000.00 donation to FDCDC to support the Lincoln Park Revitalization!

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Beacon of Light Church of Christ donated $1000.00 for a table at the Founders Banquet!

Kingdom Christian Center donated $500.00 for a table at the Founders Banquet!

Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation awarded grant 

The Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation received a community grant, in the amount of $2500.00 from Walmart in Jacksonville. Walmart Grant Coordinator Wanda Phillips and Assistant Manager Jason Lobdell presented the check to Tracey Wallace (left), who received the check on behalf of FDCDC.

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!

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               Sesquicentennial Celebration!

On May 11th, Jacksonville Sesquicentennial Committee led the unearthing of a time capsule buried 50 years ago during Jacksonville’s centennial celebration, in 1972. Approximately 150 individuals attended the event. The capsule held letters and documents from city officials and citizens. All materials were in great condition and will be housed at the Vanishing Texana Museum for the public to view. A new time capsule will be buried at the end of this year. The committee and community will collaborate on items to be included in the capsule. 

Street banners have been hung along Commerce Street as decoration. The committee continues to outline events that will be included during a week of celebration, October 16th-22nd, culminating with a city-wide celebration all day on October 22nd. Festivities will include bicycle parade, bands, city-wide choir performance, great food, children play area, and loads of fun for the entire family. Consider this as a special invitation to all who resided in Jacksonville previously as well as all who currently reside in Jacksonville. 

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High Lights of FDHS 100 Year Celebration


                 Monument Unveiling

           Movie Night with Old Friends!

The Newsome Brothers, James & Bobby are enjoying the 100 Year Celebration!

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 we are featuring Dr. Lymell Carter. Please submit information on your FDHS success stories to [email protected] in PDF format please. 

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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 


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