Talking about Tamina: Lone Star College’s Exhibit “The Ground on Which I Stand”

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MONTGOMERY, Texas -- Hindsight is said to be 20/20 meaning that it is easier to see what's behind than what lies ahead. It's an adage clearly proven at Freedman's Town in Tamina, Texas. It's a little town right off of I-45 between The Woodlands and Conroe.

"I knew that it was steeped in history, being established in 1871 right after the Emancipation Proclamation," says photographer Marti Corn.

The Montgomery campus of Lone Star College is helping the public look back in time through the Corn's camera lens. "The Ground on Which I Stand" exhibition represents the different aspects of black cowboys, ministers, and descendants of the Tamina community.

Corns says, "Each of the images, when I look at them and I know their stories, I feel that it shows the grace within their spirit."

What time would be more fitting to showcase the exhibition than during Black History Month.

Tamina resident Johnny Jones says, "It's amazing that we're finally getting the recognition we should have had."

Corn hopes the work she's done with residents of Tamina will help save the town from gentrification.

Pastor Warzell Booty, Sr. has been a Tamina resident for nearly five decades and says, "The true community came into existence in 1835.  It came into existence in the name of Tammany, came under the leadership of a gentleman out of Huntsville, Texas name Captain James Berry."

Rita Wiltz adds, "My uncle John Elmore was the first Negro mail carrier in Montgomery County.  I still live in the Tamina community. I love it."

Sometimes to go forward in life, it's worth taking a look back.