PFLUGERVILLE, Texas - If you look on the city map of Pflugerville or even your I-Phone for that matter, you'll notice a section of town called the "Colored Addition.” That plot of land has been known as the "colored addition" for 106-years.
You can see it on your phone map system. The area of Pflugerville, called "Colored Addition."
It's something Pflugerville fire commissioner Rudy Metayer stumbled upon.
“I was flipping through pages regarding expansion of our EMS services and I looked at the map and see something that says Pflugerville Colored Addition. I did a double take,” Rudy Metayer, former city council candidate, said.
Metayer thought there was a misprint.
“I went and checked and said wait a minute, it actually is called Pflugerville Colored Addition,” he said.
The area is just off FM 1825 in west Pflugerville. According to the Texas Historical Commission, in 1910, black people who worked in the ice and cotton industry were not allowed to move into town. A farmer, La Rue Norton, sold land to the workers.
“Why in 2016 would a name like that still be there”? Metayer said.
The Colored Addition now, just has three homes, a few auto shops, and a cemetery. Residents did not want to go on camera, but say the name is a part of history and they want to keep it. Metayer says the problem is not just the name, but stigma.
“It's really about the services, infrastructure, and feeling a part of the community,” he said.
The city declined to comment at this time but they do say they are gathering information on the issue.
“What can we do to make sure we respect the history that's there, respect the relatives of the settlers back in 1910? Ten how do we honor that while making sure we keep this area of town respected”? he said.
Metayer brought this to the city council a few weeks back during public comment. The people who spoke with Fox 7 and want to keep the name, are African-American.