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Kingsville Celebrates African American Contribution to Community

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KINGSVILLE (Kiii News) -

The City of Kingsville held a parade for MLK Day, beginning by the county courthouse and ending by the Train Depot Museum down Kleberg Avenue.

African Americans have played a major role in the history of Kingsville, a railroad town where lots of African Americans came from all over to build the railroad.

Photos at the Train Depot Museum in Kingsville help to document that key historical contribution.

"The railroad needed the workers, and so they put out the word that African American workers were welcome here," local historian Pat Allison said. "And that was kind of rare in 1904, for African Americans to be welcomed into employment."

Of course, the railroad was built because the King Ranch and other ranches needed a way to ship their cattle.