Commission seeking applications
for new Gregg historical markers
Several area sites will dedicate Texas historical markers in coming weeks and the Gregg County Historical Commission is seeking applications for additional markers.
The markers can honor historic individuals, schools, churches, communities, cemeteries, businesses and events. Marker sponsors can be residents or organizations and are responsible for the application’s research, narrative and marker funding.
According to Gem Meacham, chair of the Gregg County Historical Commission’s research and marker committee, the deadline for the Texas Historical Commission’s 2014 marker cycle is Oct. 25.
Completed narration and applications must be submitted to the marker committee by that date. The GCHC will vote on recommended markers at the commission’s Nov. 12 meeting.
Applications approved by the local commission will be submitted to the Austin-based Texas Historical Commission, which gives final approval and determines language on the markers. For more information about submitting marker applications, contact Meacham at 903-983-2554 or email her at email@example.com.
Several historical markers have been approved for Gregg County locales. On June 8 markers will be dedicated in Longview’s Greenwood Cemetery for David Sutton Meredith, an early sheriff and merchant, and his son David Sutton Meredith Jr., county judge in the 1920s. On Oct. 5, Summerfield Methodist Church on Tryon Road will dedicate its historical marker.
Other Gregg County sites that have had markers OK’d include Longview’s Womack High School, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House, Longview’s Rembert-Harrison house on South Fredonia Street, and Gladewater’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
Gregg County Historical Commission members oversee the county’s historic preservation program and are appointed by the county judge and commissioners court.
Gregg County is home to more than 100 Official Texas Historical Markers denoting people, places and events of historical significance.