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Old Red Museum – Sarah Cockrell Story

by DigitalDoyle


This was another of the 170+ historical stories we did for the Old Red Museum. This one tells the story of Sarah Horton Cockrell, one of Dallas’ earliest entrepreneurs.

When you watch the video, the reason that her husband’s eyes look strange is because this is the only photo of him and it was taken just after he died. He was shot in the street over a bad business deal* (see below for details from his Great Grandson). The photographer painted the eyes in, and they didn’t do a very convincing job. This was actually a fairly common practice, at the time. But the technology of photography was very new back then, so we’ll cut them some slack.


*UPDATE: 2011-03-09
I was contacted today by the Great Grandson of the Cockrell’s, Gary Lee Cockrell. Mr. Cockrell informs me that the story that was related to me about the circumstances of his Great Grandfather’s passing at the time of the production of this story in 2006 was incorrect. I’d like to set the record straight and Mr. Cockrell has given me permission to reprint his message:

For your information Alexander Cockrell was not a scoundrel and he was shot because of a resentful constable that owed my great grandfather money. A loan that Moore did not want to pay back until he was sued by my great grandmother for it. Get your information straight before you publish it !!

Mr. Cockrell sent along this link that has more details.

I’ve corrected the text in the post above. Thank you for your correction and the link, Mr. Cockrell. Much appreciated!


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Sean & Sarah Morris May 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Thank you for the information for my Texas history speech and the picture of Mrs. Sarah Cockrell


DigitalDoyle June 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

You are more than welcome! Thanks for visiting!


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