Documentary Highlights Historic Trail


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The Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board recently completed “The Buard History Trail,” a documentary film on the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of Marshall.

The film was written and directed by Barney Canson, produced by Jack Canson and executive producer is Bo Ellis. It was funded by a grant from the Texas Historical Commission and by private donors.

Filmmakers hope it is used in classrooms, meetings, and websites to promote education, preservation, and protection of the landmarks identified in the Buard History Trail. The trail is a driving tour includes important African-American sites such as historic Wiley College, New Town, and the Old Powder Mill Cemetery, which includes the graves of two of the famous Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II.

The trail is named for the late Rebecca D. Buard, a popular local historian, who spent an enormous amount of time compiling the accomplishments of area African Americans. A trail guide brochure is available at the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau or guests can call in advance to arrange a guided tour. For more information about the trail call 903.702.7777 and go to 

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