Desegregation in Austin:
Five Decades of Social Change.
This web project presents an annotated chronology of major events in the desegregation of Austin, Texas, from 1940 to 1980 as they appeared in local newspapers and other materials such as the Austin Files (AF) in the archives at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. The timeline is intended as a guide to key events necessary for an understanding of this extraordinary time in the city's history.
Take our Austin African American History Quiz
Brush up on your knowledge of African American history. All of the answers can be found on this site.
Emancipation Day celebration
June 19, 1900. PICA 05476
Black in the Past
One-minute vignettes depicting the stories of African Americans and the communities they built. Vignette topics highlight the events, places and people that characterize Black Austin, using historic photographs and documents from the archival holdings at the Austin History Center.
Woman known only as Mandy.
Cook for an Austin family c. 1865.
African American Research Guide
The collections of the Austin History Center contain many useful materials that document the contributions of African Americans to our community's history. Materials in the Austin History Center's collections pertaining to African Americans were compiled into the African American Resource Guide. This Guide is designed to be a starting point for your research on African Americans in Austin
The African American Research Guide was updated in August 2009 and is now available for download as a PDF file. Please note that at the end of the complete bibliography is a section of topics on which we are seeking more information and materials.
1864 slave deed from The Black Papers, FP B1
Download the PDF version of the complete African American Resource Guide.
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