The Shankleville Historical Society, Inc. was founded at an organizational meeting held at Mount Hope Baptist Church in Shankleville, Texas on June 18, 1988. Shankleville residents and descendants in attendance included:
- Lareatha H. Clay
- Larutha Odom Clay*
- Hattie Pearl Halbert (Bryant)*
- Elzie Odom, Sr.
- Harold Odom, Jr.
- Elbert Peacock*
- Theresa Peacock
- Willie Pate Shankle*
- Anderson White, Jr.*
- Geraldine White (Rowe)
- O. C. White*
*Denotes deceased founders
Attendees discussed the basic tenets of the Historical Society which served as the basis for the organization’s current Mission Statement.
- To preserve the heritage of the Shankleville Community in Newton County, Texas through oral histories and educational programs;
- To document the history of the Shankleville Community via systematic research and recording methods;
- To propagate the legacies of the Shankleville Community and all Texas Freedmen’s Communities by sponsoring a variety of programs.
The Society operated as a sub-committee of the Shankleville Community Homecoming until 2002, when it was incorporated as a separate nonprofit, 501(c)(3) entity.
- Billy White – President
- Gwendolyn Bluiett – Recording Secretary
- Theresa Peacock – Corresponding Secretary
- Shirley Benson – Treasurer
- Bonetha Christopher
- Lareatha H. Clay – Business Manager
- Geri Rowe
- Phillip White
Donors and Grantmakers
The Shankleville Historical Society appreciates all the individuals and organizations that support our historic preservation efforts, educational programs and the Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival. A very special “Thank You” to the following donors and grantmakers!
- Carter Design Associates
- Clay History and Education Services, Inc.
- Coleman Mortuary
- Cooleridge Coleman, D.D.S.
- Millwork Construction, Inc.
- Newton County Government
- Odom Heirs Partnership
- PRM Consulting
- Re-New Construction
- Summerlee Foundation
- Texas Historical Commission – Texas Preservation Trust Fund