Brenda Huey

The Unknown History of my Home Town!

Book Reviews

Quotes It was good to see my friends Mike, Jimmy, and Earl Thomas in the Carver Football team, along with an old friend who is now gone, Terry Gordon. As manager of Woolworths, I recalled an old black man coming in one day and wondering why he could not sit down at the lunch counter. When I told him he could, he nearly passed out, he ordered a piece of apple pie and was the first black served. As sports editor of the Herald Banner, I recall that we had to have two little leagues. One for the whites and one for the black. Brenda Huey has done a fine job of telling the dark side of the blackest land. Quotes
Both Sides

Quotes I remember getting off a train in Greenville, Texas in 1959 and seeing the huge sign that spanned Lee Street with the words, Blackest Land, Whitest People on it. I didn't see anything racist about it, but as a caucasian, I thought the land was black and the people were friendly. I was soon to learn that racism still existed as I saw the 'White Only' signs in the Hunt County Courthouse and on the drinking fountain in the Kress store. Brenda Huey has done a good job of collecting and saving those moments in history, even the unpleasnt ones. Quotes
Tell It Like It Was!

Quotes I found your book online and wanted to give you support. I was the little white girl charged with one of those fires in Greenville. I never knew racism until then. I know the risk you took writing this book! Wow! Glad to see someone stand up. I saw things in Greenville that didn't impact me until later in life when I grew up. One thing I will never forget is a black man grilling outside with his babies. A sheriff sitting on the hood of his car and 4 white ladies with bull horns shouting "nigger go home." I did not know how much this would bother me later in life. And the words of my lawyer were I will never be able to work again after defending you. Thank god he did everything he could for me. Quotes

Quotes Another Perspective on Greenville..... Greenville history is fascinating. Family history in Greenville is fascinationg. But since all of my ancestors were yeoman farmers who never even lived in a town, I have a special place in my heart for those poor working people who seldom made the newspapers, community history books or other media. Therefore, I was delighted to meet Brenda Huey who has just written and published The Blackest Land, the Whitest People, Greenville, Texas: The Untold Story of my Hometown. The first paragraph is so strong. This is the story of how Greenville, Texas became my home. It all started when a black man, his pregnant wife, and eight children hopped a freight train, escaping from Daingerfield, Texas. They hid, waited until the middle of the night, and got into a boxcar. They stayed in the boxcar until it was safe, and got off in a town named Greenville, Texas. Quotes

Quotes Local histories are our bread and butter here at the Center, and yours is especially compelling. I will be pleased to add it to our book collection, where no doubt it will be well-used both by students of local history and also by those who want to know more about the history of race relations in Texas. Having grown up in north Dallas, with relatives in east and north Texas, I am always grateful for books that give me a better understanding of what was happening right in my own backyard (and nearby). We appreciate your support for the Center for American History. Head of Library Resources Quotes
The Center for American History
University of Texas

Quotes I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book. It was a side of history that doesn't get taught in school. My kids have also read it. You explained so much about things that were not fully known to us who weren't born in the south. An excellent source of history. I think you did a great service to our community, to both black and whites. I admire you greatly but it also saddens me deeply for your families struggles. What happened to your uncle especially hit a nerve, the pain you and your poor grandmother must have felt, truly awful. To me you are a hero. Thank you very much for writing this book. Quotes

Quotes Brenda and I grew up in Greenville, The Blackest Land, The Whitest People, we were also classmates, and have remained friends throughout the years. Brenda put a lot of work, and effort in writing this book. I'm sure it was an eye opening for some, but a rude awakeing for our younger generation. To write a book like this, Brenda had to be equipped with backbone, instead of wishbone, and I give her a round of approval for having the courage to stand for something. Quotes

Quotes This wonderful book will take your breath away. I had to catch myself several times having to pick my jaw up off of the floor. I learned for the first time what local black people went through in the last 100 years. Quotes