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BLACK ANKLE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
San Augustine County, East Texas
On a country road off FM 353
6 miles E of San Augustine
Population: Unknown

Black Ankle TX - New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2012

History in a Pine Cone

The origin of the name is unknown, as is most of Black Ankle's history. In 1940 the community reportedly had both a school and church and today only the church remains.

Photographer's Note:
This is a location on a map with nothing there now. As I left the paved portion of FM-353, about 1.75 miles, it then turned in to a dirt road weaving its way through the dense woods and rolling hills of the Piney Woods of East Texas. All I found was the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a small wooden structure, and then few scattered dwellings.

Black Ankle TX - New Hope Missionary Baptist Church sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2012
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Black Ankle, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Black Ankle, Texas
    I came across Black Ankle on the TexasEscapes.com site. My grandfather, Leroy Belton, was the pastor of the church from the early 1990s to 2004 when he had a stroke. He eventually died May 2007. I believe there were only two members of the church that actually still lived in the community. Mostly everyone lived in Nacogdoches or San Augustine and continued to come to this church because it was a family church. The church only had services one Sunday per month. Please let me know if I can provide any other information. Unfortunately, I no longer have any connections to the area as everyone our family knew has died. - LaShondra Holmes, February 15, 2015

  • Subject: Black Ankle, Texas
    Dear TE, I was looking through my Grandma's things today and found in her handwriting that she (Ellen Hazel Davis) and my Grandpa (Robert Oval Corbello) were married in Black Ankle on September 24, 1932. It would be interesting to have more information on this "town." Thank you. - Sandra Corbello, McClelland, Texas, August 20, 2006.
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