Frank Bell Jr.

Frank Bell Jr. (HM2UK)

Location: La Marque, TX 77568 Galveston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 22.118', W 94° 58.303'

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Frank Bell Jr. (1893-1963) was the son of early La Marque settlers Flavery and Frank Bell, Sr. Although he received little formal education, he was able to achieve business success and became a respected civic leader in La Marque's African American community.

Bell served in the U. S. Army during World War I and later was stationed in this area. He retired from the army and began working in the oil industry in Texas City. In 1938 he began a real estate career with the purchase of land in La Marque which he and partner Will Mentor subdivided into residential lots. As a partner in the B A & P Realty Company Bell helped develop a number of residential subdivisions in La Marque's African American communities in the 1940s.

Bell gained a reputation for fairness in his real estate dealings and as owner of a neighborhood store and gas station. A behind-the-scenes force in local affairs, he served on Galveston County's Negro Chamber of Commerce and was often referred to as La Marque's unofficial African American mayor.

Bell played a vital role in the creation of Carver Park and in obtaining needed funds to enhance the religious, educational and recreational opportunities for the city's African American community.
HM NumberHM2UK
Year Placed1995
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission on the Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845–1995
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 308620 N 3250443
Decimal Degrees29.36863333, -94.97171667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 22.118', W 94° 58.303'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 22' 7.08" N, 94° 58' 18.18" W
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Area Code(s)409
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1111-1199 Bayou Rd, La Marque TX 77568, US
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