After the Civil War most of the freed slaves became tenant farmers on the land they had worked under slavery. James Edward Harrison, owner of the largest plantation in McLennan County, Tehuanacana Retreat, divided his land among former slaves and built each family a cabin on their land. Gradually he added a sawmill, carpentry shop, church, school, and flour mill, and the community of Harrison was the result. Eventually the town attracted a general store, a post office, a cotton gin, and the Houston and Texas Railroad. (Agnes Barnes)

Source: Waco: A Sesquicentennial History. by Patricia Ward Wallace, Virginia Beach: The Donning Co., 1999.

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