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Omowali Lumumba stands beside the new exhibit in Historical Cook Quarters.

Omowali Lumumba’s Historical Cook’s Quarters Outdoor Exhibit Museum has introduced its 11th historical billboard.

Lumumba placed the “Historical Colored Town from 1940s to 1960s” billboard Thursday, April 22 among other ten billboards.

Historical Colored Town was once a small black business and social section of downtown Carthage located right off the downtown square, Lumumba said. At least 17 small businesses operated on that one block. Lumumba’s grandmother, Alice Soloman Thomas owned and operated a small cafe and a boarding house. The billboard is in two parts. The top part shows an actual topographic historic picture of the downtown carthage area and it shows when the Panola County Courthouse sat on the square, and the bottom part tells about the history.

Lumumba invites the public to come and visit to read and learn about the African American history and some of the positive contributions Panola County African American residents, past and present, have made to Carthage, Panola County, Texas, and the world.

The Outdoor Exhibit Museum is located on the corner of MLK Jr. Boulevard and Cook Street in Carthage.

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