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Austin History Center Opens African American Life Exhibit through March 2013

published on September 14, 2012

African American Histoy at Austin History CenterAt the end of September, a new exhibit celebrating African American history in Austin opens downtown at the Austin History Center. Titled “Building a Community: The First Century of African American Life in Travis County,” the exhibit will take visitors on a sojourn through a century of African American history in the Travis County area. It runs September 25, 2012 through March 24, 2013 and is free to the public!

Westlake resident Alicia M. has already planned a visit with her kids. “It’s a unique opportunity to teach our family about local Austin history from a broad cultural perspective. We’re very excited. West Austin schools like Eanes are planning field trips, but we want to attend opening weekend and help out with opening festivities.”

The new exhibit focuses on the years 1839 through 1940, the first century of African American life in Travis County. It explores the contributions and achievements as well as the obstacles faced in building a community and obtaining the American dream.


The first record of African Americans in Texas is widely believed to have begun with Estevanico, a slave held by Spanish Explorer Andrés Dorantes de Carranza. In 1528, Estevanico was one of four survivors of the ship-wrecked Pánfilo de Narváez expedition that was stranded off the Texas coast. Although he would later be killed by the Zuni Indians, he played an important role as a translator between the explorers and the native tribes they encountered. His account, along with the other explorers, offered vital information about the Texas coast that helped lead to further exploration and the eventual settlement of Texas by the Spanish!

African American History in AustinLearn more at the Austin History Center (AHC), located in Downtown Austin on 810 Guadalupe Street. What are the hours? The AHC is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Don’t miss this extraordinary new exhibit! The exhibit is free to the public. For more information, just call 512-974-7480.

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