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Author: Deah Berry Mitchell

Deah is a local writer who has two books, Cornbread & Collard Greens: How West African Cuisine and Slavery Influenced Soul Food (available online at Amazon, Target, and Barnes & Noble) and contributing author of Redesign Your 9-to-5: Advice and Strategies from 50 of the World’s Most Ambitious Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. Berry Mitchell is also the founder of The Soul of DFW, a popular touring company that educates the community about Black culture through foodways and local history.

Ask any Terrell Heights about their fondest memories growing up in the well-manicured, tree-lined tight-knit community and many will recall the juxtaposition of quaint hole-in-the-wall clubs with steepled red brick centennial churches off Rosedale. It's apparent that this first middle-class Black community in Fort Worth holds special significance to all who know its beautifully quilted history. 
Mrs. Opal Lee, activist, educator and community leader well-known for her contributions in Fort Worth, was born in Marshall, Texas, and lived there for 10 years of her life. Her first recollections of Juneteenth - the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery on the date that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas in 1865 - were of the festivities held at the fairgrounds in the piney woods of her hometown.