January 25, 2011
Hope (Hempstead County) native Claud Garner was a multitalented singer, entertainer, and labor organizer. However, he is best known for writing four novels and one work of nonfiction. His award-winning efforts began with the 1947 publication of his novel Wetback and concluded with the well-received 1969 nonfiction volume Sam Houston: Texas Giant. He is shown here shortly before his death in 1978.