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San Benito Historical Society presents the Callandret Black History Museum

The Callandret Black History Museum is the first museum south of San Antonio that is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of African Americans in South Texas and beyond. It is named for Joe and Fannie Callandret who came to San Benito in 1908 and established their family farm. In 1949, Fannie donated land on which the school district could build a school for the black children of the area and so her children could have a school to attend during the days of segregation. The school opened in 1952. Read more.


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305 Doherty Street
San Benito, Texas 78586



Joe Callandret

When Joe Callandret, a Louisiana born, French and English speaking farmer, died in 1931, he left a wife, Fannie and 6 children.  Since his arrival in 1908, Joe had been a real-estate broker, subdivision developer, farmer, business man, in short — a true entrepreneur. He was well respected by all. 


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