Where E’re The Sun Film Screening

July 15, 2024

Place: Mount Vernon Music Hall—402 Leftwich, Mt. Vernon, Texas
Date & Time: Monday July 15, 2024—6:30 PM
Program: Where E’re The Sun Film Screening
Sandwiches, cookies, & lemonade will be provided by your board. Please bring the family!

Please join us for a screening of NTCC’s honor film “Where E’re The Sun.” The film follows the research of the FCHA’s own Reverend Dan Hoke and NTCC Presidential Scholar, Luke McCraw. Many of the scenes were shot here in Franklin County at properties maintained by our organization.

The production spotlights a gap in early Texas history. Mexican authorities and empresario, Stephen F. Austin advertised early Texas as a Roman Catholic province. In fact, Austin worked to create a totally secular state. No one of influence encouraged the re-emergence of Roman Catholic missions like the Alamo that had expired, or the immigration of priests. At one point the whole area of east Texas had only two priests.

Incoming Protestant missionaries, meanwhile, were beaten, imprisoned, and forced to re-emigrate. A “Pine-Tree Curtain” from the Red to the Sabine appeared. Would Texas become something like Revolutionary France, an extreme realization of the so-called Enlightenment? Those attending the screening will see how Christian evangelists of the era, without sufficient funds or even denomination backing, responded to the impasse. The production is free of charge, and the public is welcome. Dan Hoke will be available for a short question and answer.