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  • To preserve the heritage of the Shankleville Community in Newton County, Texas through oral histories and educational programs
  • To document the history of the Shankleville Community via systematic research and recording methods
  • To propagate the legacies of the Shankleville Community and all Texas Freedmen’s Communities by sponsoring a variety of programs.

Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival

June 25, 2016
Addie J. and A. T. Odom Homestead – Shankleville Community

Join us for a full day of activities from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.!
  • Food
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Vendors
  • Walking tours
  • Storytelling
  • Symposium, featuring Pat Sharpe, Food Editor for Texas Monthly Magazine – “The Story of Corn”
  • Live music, including “One Heart,” “E-Flat Porch Band,” and “Guyland Leday and the Zydeco Blazers”
Click here for schedule!

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters!

Friends - $500 - $2,500

Shankleville Historical Society, Inc.
Texas Commission on the Arts
JKC Visuals
Matthew H. Clay, Jr.

Patrons - $200 - $499

Brookshire Brothers
Commissioner Thomas Gill - Newton County Government
Brian Jammer
Joe Francis
Anthon Spearman

Patrons - $25 - $199

Pamela Dacus
GoFundMe Anonymous Donor
Jeanetta Cooper West
Wellspring Federal Credit Union
Samuel Graham


Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival Mission:

  • To provide a fun, entertaining and educational venue for families from across Texas to celebrate Purple Hull Peas, and their history and legacy in Texas and the lives of Texans;
  • To raise funds to produce educational and scholarship programs benefitting the youth of Deep East Texas.

Help support this festival and its mission! Click to Support Us on GoFundMe!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

The Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival will be held in the historic Shankleville Community at the Addie L. and A.T. Odom Homestead. Shankleville is on FM 1415 in Newton County, Texas between Highways 63 and 87 near Jasper, Newton and Burkeville. You can also search for "Shankleville" on Google Maps, and find us there.

Where can I spend the night?

Newton is about 13 miles from Festival site. Jasper is approximately 18 miles away. Click for Accommodations and Lodging Information

How can I support this event?

All donations are tax-deductible. Please click below to donate!

Photo Gallery - 2015 Festival

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