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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:30 pm

The Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit, “A Woman oF Two Worlds and a Man In Two Worlds” will be making a trip to Mount Pleasant. The photographic exhibit will be on display from February 10 through March 8, 2014, in the Public Library.

The exhibit displays more than 40 photographs that have never been on view in East Texas. The exhibit seeks to educate the public about Comanche heritage by presenting the dramatic story of Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann, through a series of photos.

It also seeks to make people aware of the many historic sites associated with the Parkers. That history stretches across Texas and into Oklahoma. These photographs tell the story of the lives of these two historical figures who were caught between two worlds.

In 1836, at age nine, Cynthia Ann Parker was captured by a Comanche raiding party and was raised as a member of the tribe. She married a chief and had three children. Quanah was the oldest. Cynthia Ann was later “recaptured” by the Texas Rangers and returned to her original family. Her story is a sad one, as she begged to return to her husband and Comanche family.

Cynthia Ann Parker was never reunited with her Comanche family, but her son, Quanah, became the last Comanche Chief. His remarkable life is documented in photos as he worked to reconcile the Comanche life with the white settlers.

This exhibit is a new heritage tourism effort of the Texas Lakes Trail Regional Heritage Tourism Program. It was created through the Texas Historical Commission.

The library is located at 601 North Madison and is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information call 903-575-4180.

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