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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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The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2022 is on Monday, July 4, 2022. WATCH: The American Revolution Topic on HISTORY Vault History of Independence Day When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in the bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published by Thomas Paine in early 1776. On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee—including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York—to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. Did you know? John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. 

Comments from several supporters of our Founders Celebration on June 17th.

Hats off to you and the Committee of the FDCDC! Amazing effort on Friday night to overcome unforeseen circumstances and OWN them like it was supposed to be that way! From the minute we walked in, aside from the fanning of those who were in more crowded areas, we were comfortable and impressed! Ya’ll just glided through the hardships like a bunch of COMPLETE PROS (like I would expect anything less). Thank you for all the time and effort you put into the event/honors for those recognized. Without our ancestors, without their wisdom, so much is lost. I LOVE that this organization hasn’t lost sight of ‘who brought you here’ and worked so hard to honor deserving people and involve the next generations! We’ll be working on Sesquicentennial and FDCDC MUST have a presence ‘on the street’ that day. Let’s visit when you’ve recovered from this and between Tracey, you and I, I’ll bet we can come up with something to take back to your board for consideration that will help people understand the legacy and appreciate the heritage. Enjoy your week and please do take a moment to allow yourselves to bask in the delight of a job VERY well done!   
Kathleen Stanfill

Board members;
Hello and Happy Juneteenth. Thank you all for including us in the Founder's Banquet. We had a GREAT time several couples have expressed the same sentiment. We rolled on into the Park and had a great time as well. Look forward to seeing you all for the Centennial Celebration and especially the burying of the Time Capsule...
Thanks again,
Liz and Melvin

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!



We Ordered Extra Souvenir T-shirts!
FDHS 100 Year Celebration! 
FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT ANITA STARLING AT 832-622-4015, OR [email protected]

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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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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!

FDCDC Announces Scholarship Awards!

Congratulations are in order! We are excited to announce scholarship awards for 2022. A total of five students submitted applications. Each applicant submitted an essay discussing the history of Fred Douglass High School and its impact in Jacksonville, past and present. In addition, essays included how the students’ college education will enable them to help others in the area of community service. Students did an excellent job on their essays! In observance of Fred Douglass Schools’ 100th Anniversary, ALL applicants received scholarship funds to assist with costs as they continue their educational journey. Awards are as follows: Roderick Gray, $1,000; Makayla Daniels, $1,000; Trinity Asberry, $500; Jaila Jones, $250; and Illiyah Washington, $250. Congratulations to all applicants!

Shared by Tracey Wallace

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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. 

Shared by Tracey Wallace

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. Please submit information on your FDHS success stories to [email protected] in PDF format please. 

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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