Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas

Museum Exhibit or Program“Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas” will open Feb. 1, 2015, and be on display through Feb. 15, 2016. It will describe the challenges African Americans faced in Texas in the 19th century. While the first African Americans in Texas were free men and women seeking opportunity and advancement, the laws of the newly-formed Republic of Texas forced them out and opened the door to thousands of enslaved people who served as the backbone of the labor force for almost 30 years. Finally gaining their freedom after the Civil War, they discovered their struggle was far from over. Artifacts on displaywill include slave records, freedmen contracts and an oath of allegiance. Stoneware pottery made at Wilson Pottery near Seguin, the first African American business in Texas, will be exhibited, as well as an example of the intricate Pine Burr pattern quilt.
Start Date/Time:2016-02-14 00:00:00
End Date/Time:2017-02-14 00:00:00
Source:Star of the Republic Museum
Grade Level:Both
TEKS:4.4(A), 4.4(B), 4.4(C), 4.4(D), 7.5(A), 7.5(B), 7.5(C)
Topics:Antebellum Texas, Civil War, Reconstruction

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