Mosier Valley

Mosier Valley was established in the 1870s on the north bank of the Trinity River just south of the sites of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford in Tarrant County. It was founded by Robert and Dilsie Johnson and ten other emancipated slave families, most of whom had been taken from Tennessee through Missouri to the J. K. or T. W. Mosier plantation. Trinity bottomland was given and sold to the freedmen by the Mosier and Lee plantation families, and the African Americans established a close-knit farming community. They raised cotton and corn as cash crops, maintained vegetable gardens, and kept farm animals. Many also worked as handymen, sharecroppers, and nannies for residents in the Hurst, Euless, and Bedford area. The Oak Grove Baptist Church was founded in the community in 1874 and an elementary school in 1883. The Mosier Valley school was always in one of the Hurst, Euless, or Bedford school districts, but the Black community was allowed to elect a trustee from 1884 to 1904. John Calhoun Parker established a widely patronized syrup mill around 1900. Also around that time the community constructed a building that was shared by the school, the church, and the Masonic lodge. The congregation changed its name to St. John Missionary Baptist Church and built its own building in 1911, on the same site the church occupied in the 1990s.

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

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