Improving lives and fighting for social justice through Rotary Community Corps

Service in Action

By Alex Johnson, President of the Rotary Club of Plano West, Texas, USA

Mose Stimpson was a slave transported to a small farm town in Texas called Plano. The master bought him to be his daughter’s playmate. When she grew up and got married, she gave him his freedom. Years before Mr. Stimpson’s freedom, Andy Drake arrived in Plano as a slave hauling logs from Louisiana to Texas. By 1860, Mr. Drake bought his freedom. Andy Drake is the first free African American to own land in Plano. Mose Stimpson is the second freed slave. We know these men as the forefathers of the Plano African American society. Around 1900, the African American people of Plano established themselves as the Douglass Community. The name honored the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Fast forward to 2020. From its history, Douglass holds cultural importance to Texas. The small enclave carries a…

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