"When the Handbook of Texas says a town "was probably" on a particular
farm to market road, you can't expect much. With Vox Populi, no one
seems to know the exact location. There was once a town designation
sign on Highway 71. If it's still there, it can be easily missed.
The community was established in the 1870s as a sort of "convenience"
market for the former slaves of local plantations who couldn't make
the then-arduous journey to larger towns.
A post office was granted in 1880 with the lofty (but somewhat mysterious)
Latin name Vox Populi - or "'voice of the people."
The post office was located close by the South Point Baptist Church."
Although there were only 30 residents in 1884, by 1890 the community
had grown to a respectable population of 200. But it had yet to peak.
Vox Populi had doubled to a population of 400 by 1896. The school
for Black students had three teachers for 121 pupils.
The post office was closed in the 1930s and the population drifted
away. Depopulation was swift. By 1940 the town had been dropped from
TX 1907 Postal Map showing Voxpopuli
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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