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AFRICA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Shelby County, East Texas
About 3 Miles SE of Center
Population: Unknown

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Not to be confused with the Africa, Texas once located in Liberty County.

History in a Pecan Shell

Established in the second half of the 19th Century, the community was formed by former slaves. A one room building first served as both school and church (St. Johnís Baptist) until the church received its own structure.

A two-storey town hall was constructed later which served as a school and a meeting place for lodges and community functions.

Although early population figures arenít available, the school reported 47 students in 1899, 20 in 1903 and for the year 1938, 76.

At one time the community had as many as three stores as well as a gristmill and syrup mill. The school consolidated with those in Center and the postwar rural exodus drained the community of its residents. By the early 1980s only the cemetery and church were left. Africa became a dispersed rural community with no discernable town center.
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