The Fairytale Project

The Fairytale Project

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Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 77010

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The “Fairytale Project” is a historically inspired tale of a young African American family re-connecting with their East Texas roots.

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The "Fairytale Project" is inspired by the historical accounts of Jim and Winnie Shankle. Jim, Winnie, and their children were separated when Winnie's master sold her and their children to a slaveholder in Deep East Texas. Unwilling to live without his family, Jim Shankle tested his faith by escaping slavery and making the journey to East Texas through dense forests and the Mississippi River. Reuniting under a Sycamore tree, the reunited couple along with other community members founded "Shankleville" which is one of Texas' many Freedom Colonies. Their descendants honor and commemorate their resilience, bravery, and LOVE.

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