Frank Bell Jr.

Frank Bell Jr. (HM2UK)

Location: La Marque, TX 77568 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 22.118', W 94° 58.303'

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Frank Bell Jr. (1893-1963) was the son of early La Marque settlers Flavery and Frank Bell, Sr. Although he received little formal education, he was able to achieve business success and became a respected civic leader in La Marque's African American community.

Bell served in the U. S. Army during World War I and later was stationed in this area. He retired from the army and began working in the oil industry in Texas City. In 1938 he began a real estate career with the purchase of land in La Marque which he and partner Will Mentor subdivided into residential lots. As a partner in the B A & P Realty Company Bell helped develop a number of residential subdivisions in La Marque's African American communities in the 1940s.

Bell gained a reputation for fairness in his real estate dealings and as owner of a neighborhood store and gas station. A behind-the-scenes force in local affairs, he served on Galveston County's Negro Chamber of Commerce and was often referred to as La Marque's unofficial African American mayor.

Bell played a vital role in the creation of Carver Park and in obtaining needed funds to enhance the religious, educational and recreational opportunities for the city's African American community.
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HM NumberHM2UK
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Year Placed1995
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission on the Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845–1995
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7:14am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 308620 N 3250443
Decimal Degrees29.36863333, -94.97171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 22.118', W 94° 58.303'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 22' 7.08" N, 94° 58' 18.18" W
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Area Code(s)409
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1111-1199 Bayou Rd, La Marque TX 77568, US
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