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Flaccus, five miles east of Helena in Karnes County, was the center of a colony of Blacks who lived along McTennel Creek. The settlement dates back to Reconstruction, when area slaveholders released their slaves, many of whom retained the surnames of their former masters. The name Flaccus was chosen for a post office established there in 1903 with Lorenzo Perryman as postmaster. The post office was discontinued, and its records were moved to Runge in 1906. A school, referred to as Brieger school in the 1930s, was built there. In 1990 only a few wooden houses and some graves remained at the site.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Adopted by: Derrian Tolden and The Smith Family
Adoption Message: In Honor of the Free Men and Women of Flaccus, the first Black Colony of the Great State of Texas!
Until: August 26th, 2025

Belongs to

Flaccus is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Flaccus is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Ledger)
  • (Roark)


Latitude: 28.96693300
Longitude: -97.76604100

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Population Count, 2014