Flashback: Councilwoman's Legacy Carried Through Businesses, Influence

Editor's note: Take a look back into The Dallas Morning News archive.August is Black Business Month, and "Miss Jackie" was a woman about her business. Jackie Townsell owned Townsell's Grocery in Bear Creek, a historically black area in West Irving, with her husband while operating a soul food lunch business in the same building. On top of that, she became the first black Irving City Council member in 1977. Townsell died in 2002, but her legacy continues on. Now, Townsell is featured in the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center in Irving and has an elementary school named after her. This 1981 story gives a glimpse into Townsell's businesses and her influence in the community.   Continue reading...

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