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Leaving a New Mark On History

The Joshua Chapel A.M.E. Church was built in 1917-1918 with a unique architectural and cultural history.

metal plaques hung near the front door, were not obtaining adequate from onlookers. “Currently, the visibility of the markers is limited because we have markers on people’s doorways. So from the street, it’s difficult to see, and some people don’t necessarily want others walking up on their front porch to learn about their house. So we put together this program with the sidewalk signs to increase the visibility of the historic markers in Waxahachie,” she clarified. After the revitalization of the markers, the organization hopes the new signs will be more noticeable than before. As mentioned, the redesign has gone from a plaque-like frame to a double-sided metal sign, measuring eight inches high by sixteen inches wide, and hung on a steel arm. “Historic Waxahachie is always looking for new things to highlight our historic properties here in town. So one of our projects that we’ve taken on, in addition to our Historic Marker Program, is doing sidewalk signs that bring the markers out to the streets, so people who are driving or walking by can easily see historical information about where they are,” Chapman noted the purpose of the advancement. Similar to the standardization of the Rotary Flag program, the Sidewalk Signs are installed by HWI at each home in specific positions by the sidewalk.

“ The Odd Fellows Lodge No. 80 was placed on the list as a building worthy of saving, since it’s dated construction in 1911.

“HWI is trying to augment interest in Waxahachie’s historic structures. We have more than 200 historic structures that are over 100 years old. HWI is trying to encourage homeowners and visitors interest, and get greater recognition for them for the history that’s here in Waxahachie,” explained Melissa Chapman, HWI Chairman for Historical Markers.

Formerly known as Drane Hall, the current Collins Hall dormitory on the SAGU campus dates back to 1902 and is documented on the National Register of Historic Places.

metal plaques hung near the front door, were not obtaining adequate from onlookers. “Currently, the visibility of the markers is limited because we have markers on people’s doorways. So from the street, it’s difficult to see, and some people don’t necessarily want others walking up on their front porch to learn about their house. So we put together this program with the sidewalk signs to increase the visibility of the historic markers in Waxahachie,” she clarified. After the revitalization of the markers, the organization hopes the new signs will be more noticeable than before. As mentioned, the redesign has gone from a plaque-like frame to a double-sided metal sign, meaCONTINUED PAGE 9

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