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Parkway Children's Memorial Collection

 Collection
Identifier: DTEX 2021.001

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials and documents preserved and donated by Rebecca "Becky" Kroll, a co-chair of the Parkway's Children Memorial collective. This Parkway's Children Memorial Collection is held in one manuscript box totaling 0.2 linear ft.

The collection has one series: The Parkway's Children Memorial Greenspace. It consists of photographs, clippings, financial documents, flyers and correspondence that document the group's creation and effort to get a memorial established to honor the lives of the children from their neighborhood that died.

Those interested in the history of Denton, and the family and friends of the children who the memorial is dedicated to will find this collection useful.

Dates

  • 1990 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1990

Creator

Access Restriction

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Library Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department of the Denton Public Library.

Historical Sketch

The Parkway's Children Memorial was founded to honor the lives and memory of five Denton children who died in a car accident on Sunday February 4, 1990. Marcella England along with two friends and her children Edna, 16, Clara, 14, Ella, 12, Virginia, and Virgil, 10 were on their way back to Texas when, at 7:30am, their truck skidded on the ice that covered a bridge on Interstate 44, causing it to crash. Only Marcella and her friend, Howard Bouchard, survived. Marcella's children and the other passenger, Arthur Brown, 20, did not survive the accident.

Upon hearing the news, neighbors of the Englands on Parkway were saddened, and thus galvanized to create the Parkway Children's Memorial, a community collective that was dedicated to creating a memorial to honor the England children. Inital efforts also included the intitative to create a greenspace by demolishing the house that the Englands once lived in, the reasoning being that the house itself caused a trecherous blindspot for traffic on the connecting road. Co-chair of the committee, Rebecca Kroll, wrote letters to Denton's mayor, Denton City Council, churches, and local businesses, imploring them to support the Memorial's cause. The neighborhood raised money and brainstormed ideas for what would be best for a memorial to honor the children and surviving family. A garage sale was held in May 1990 as a fundraiser for the memorial. Although they did not create a greenspace, the Parkway's Children Memorial Collective decided on a bench. The Parkway Children's Memorial bench, along with several trees, were place in front of the Denton Chamber of Commerce in February 1991. In 2021 the Parkway's Children Memorial bench was moved to the Emily Fowler Central Library.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (One half-manuscript box.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Parkway's Children Memorial Collection contains newspaper clippings, photographs, financial documents, flyers, and correspondence that track the creation and progress of the Parkway's Children Memorial, a neighoborhood effort in action from 1990-2002 that worked to erect and dedicate a public memorial that would honor the five Denton children killed in a 1990 car accident.

Series Description

The Parkway's Children Memorial Collection is arranged in one series:

Series I. Parkway's Children Memorial Greenspace 0.2 linear ft. (ten folders), 1990-2002.

Arranged chronologically.

Provenance Statement

The Parkway's Children Memorial Collection was donated to the Denton Municipal Archives, Special Collections, Denton Public Library by: Rebecca Kroll on August 7, 2021

Additional Sources

There are no other related materials to this collection.

Copyright

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection may be identified by a unique number that provides information about format, record group, collection, series, box, folder and image numbers. If one exists please use this number when ordering reproductions of images for this collection.

Note to the Researcher

The collection arrived in good condition. Newspaper clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper to preserve the integrity of the information. Documents written on with sharpie were placed between acid-free paper to preserve their integrity and the integrity of adjacent documents. Paperclips and staples were removed to preserve the intergrity of the materials.

Material Removed List

0.2 linear ft. of duplicate clippings, photographs, and flyers have been deaccessioned. Clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Parkway Children's Memorial Collection, 1990-2002
Status
Completed
Author
Whitney Smith
Date
2022-04-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for uncoded script

Repository Details

Part of the Denton, Texas Collection Repository

Contact:
Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX 76201 USA
940-349-8782