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Dallas Morning News, 21 July 1897, page 5. Going to the Sims Reunion – Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. Tomorrow the following parties will go to Italy to attend the Sims reunion: “Uncle” Nick Sims, Judge O. E. Dunlap, Capt. W. H. Getzendaner, E. A. DuBose, W. G. Lomax, Brown Howell, Dr. R. P. Sweatt, Osce Goodwin, Capt. W. J. F. Ross of Waxahachie; George Cunningham and J. M. Dunaway of Bethel; Capt. Carr Forrest of Forreston; and many others. Two of the good black men of the Sims family have been here today making all necessary arrangements for the reunion.

Dallas Morning News, 22 July 1897, page 4. The Sims Reunion – 6th Annual. Italy, Ellis County, Texas. July 21. Reunion of Sims ex-slaves was held at the Sims park, three miles northwest of Italy today. A large crowd of both blacks and whites was present.

Anderson Brack, who now lives in Waco, but who once was a Sims slave and is 71 years of age, made a half-hour speech, in which he went over old times and closed by making an urgent appeal to the old owners and the ex-slaves to have a memorial book published, telling about the circumstances out of which grew the reunion and its meetings since.

Among the former owners: Nick Sims, Capt. W. H. Gertzendaner, E. A. DuBose, W. G. Lomax, Dr. R. P. Sweatt, Osce Goodwin, W. G. F. Ross, Judge A. L. Love, J. D. McRae of Waxahachie; George Cunningham and J. M. Dunaway of Bethel; Capt. Carr Forrest of Forreston; W. H. Rosson of Milford, and others.

Ben Sims, a former slave, and originators of the reunion, Gilbert Sims, Ben Sims, and Anderson Sims.



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