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Johnson / Incorporation and Annex

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Interviewer: I have a question. Interviewer: Sure, sure. Go ahead. Interviewer: Let me see, how did I word it here? Did neighboring towns try to annex Prairie View when Prairie View filed for incorporation? Johnson: Not really. They do, what’d that say, there’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in any city incorporated. I think, for example, I think this new factory here, between here and Waller. I think Waller did step over there ETJ. I think Hempstead is more determined to maintain the line. It’s my feeling that there is not the relations—the triad—there’s not the relationship there should be, but it’s based more than land. I think it’s a tendency to want people separated somehow or other. Again, I think this is detrimental to all three of us because I think if they unite, they could be a powerful force. Waller, Hempstead, Prairie View, center of learning. Matter of fact, Prairie View generates more money for the county than anything and has been for—but Prairie View does not benefit form the income which supports the idea that we not what we ought to be. As they say, every dollar ought to make an impact first in Prairie View, but it doesn’t. It doesn’t and simply because people cannot sit at the table and discuss these kinds of things or look at see what others are doing in terms of cooperating. As long as you keep the division going, nobody will benefit as they should.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Historic Periods › 1956-1969
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Locations Prairie View, TX
Duration 00:02:39
Citation "Incorporation and Annex ," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed December 01, 2020