Hope Baptist Church|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, November 2010
a Pecan Shell
The community takes itís name from Jim and Winnie Shankle, both former slaves.
The two had separate masters which resulted in their separation when Winnieís
owner came to Texas. Jim escaped to be with Winnie and Winnieís owner bought Jim
from his owner, allowing the two to be together.
After emancipation, Jim
became a farmer and started accumulating property. Winnie died in 1883 and Jim
five years later but the community they founded continues to this day.
At various periods in its history, Shankleville has had a gin, sawmill and gristmill.
Stephen McBride established McBride
College (1883 to 1909) here. The community has two cemeteries and an estimated
50 families living in the region.
Community Historical Marker
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic/contemporary
photos, please contact