Shankleville: Shankleville Community

Shankleville is a “freedmen’s community” founded by Jim and Winnie Shankle. The Jim Shankle Cemetery, Mount Hope Baptist Church, and the Odom Homestead anchor the community and are the focus of ongoing restoration and rehabilitation projects supported by the Shankleville Historical Society. The annual Purple Hull Pea festival provides the public an opportunity to meet the descendants of East Texas freedmen and to learn more about African American community life and culture. 

Shankleville Community

  • 3.5 mi SW of Burkeville, via SH 63 W to FM 1415 South, Shankleville, TX
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