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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed's new book reflects on Conroe upbringing

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Historian Annette Gordon-Reed might have left Texas, but the state has never left her mind.

“Texas is sort of a mysterious place to people,” she said. “I have been explaining Texas to people for a very long time.”

Monday night, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” sat down with Eyewitness News anchor Melanie Lawson for a discussion of her new memoir, “On Juneteenth.”

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The book weaves together American history and Gordon-Reed’s childhood memories through the lens of our newest federal holiday, which recognizes the first day of freedom for enslaved Africans in Texas and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States as a whole.

Born in a segregated East Texas in 1958, Gordon-Reed became the first Black student to attend a white school in Conroe, integrating her school district 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that separating students by race was unconstitutional.

“Everybody knew I was coming,” Gordon-Reed said. “There had been some threats against my family, but I don’t know if they were credible.”

Throughout the book, the National Book Award winner meditates on the double consciousness of being both Black and Texan.

She also pays homage to her neighbors who helped make our first new federal holiday in 38 years possible.

“They took this holiday with them across the country,” Gordon-Reed said. “I think we owe this to the tenacity of Texans who kept this story alive for 156 years, and in a way, I really do think it honors the ancestors of the Black people who were enslaved in Texas.”

You can watch a recap of Melanie Lawson’s interview in the video above and on your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and Google TV. Just search “ABC13 Houston.”

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Search resumes Saturday for 2 missing boaters in Lake Conroe

LAKE CONROE, Texas (KTRK) — Two people remain missing and are presumed to have drowned in Lake Conroe on Friday.Officials with the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office told Eyewitness News a boat with five people was on the lake enjoying the sunset.

At some point, a 26-year-old woman fell into the water. Her 24-year-old boyfriend jumped in to save her, authorities said. A third person also jumped in to help when the two began to struggle in the water.Investigators say they discovered none of the people on the boat knew how to swim. A nearby boat was able to rescue one of the three people in the water, but the two others remain missing.

This all happened in the waters just northeast of Ayers Island. Several search boats spent Friday evening looking for the missing man and woman.

Investigators say both of the missing people are from Houston. There were life jackets onboard, but they were not in use.

Search crews plan to return to the lake to look for the missing people Saturday morning.This is a developing story. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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