Come celebrate the rich history of St. John Colony and the District Association. Our Freedmen’s Colony was originally named Winn Colony in homage to Rev. John Henry Winn Sr. He was the leader of the Trailblazers who secured this land for purchase for 14 families while traveling to Waelder, Texas to minister. John Winn was also instrumental in establishing the St. John Regular Baptist Church on 3 acres of this land, and marking off the other 10 acres, and establishing them as Emancipation Grounds and we have celebrated freedom, faith and family for an amazing 150 years.