Real photo postcard. M. L. Zercher: Rockdale, Texas, circa 1910. Captioned in the negative: “B5802 S. A. & A. P. Depot, Rockdale, Texas.”
African American residents first settled in Rockdale Texas prior to the town’s incorporation in 1874; Paul Moultry, who was recruited by Valentine & Hooks General Store to work as a blacksmith, was the first freed slave to settle in the town. The segregation of Rockdale present by 1910 is evident as there are two separate doors at the depot, one labeled "Whites," the other "Negroes." There were two railroad lines running through Rockdale: the San Antonio and Aransas Pass, and the Missouri Pacific.
Toning to verso.
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