Africa in the Americas Exhibit Opens at Confederate Reunion Grounds

Feb 1 2015 (All day)

Cost: Adults: $4, Tour Group: $3, Child (6-18): $3, Child (under 5): Free, Friends member: Free 

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
1738 FM 2705
Mexia  Texas  76667

The dance pavilion at Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site

This exhibit runs Feb. 1–Mar. 2, 2015.

As part of Black History Month, the exhibition Africa in the Americas: Slavery in Spanish and Portuguese Realms will be available to the public to highlight the history of the “New World” and common aspects of the heritage of American countries, both north and south. Interpretive labels are printed in both English and Spanish.

The exhibition will trace the experience of Africans in Latin America from the establishment of slavery to the dawning of emancipation with the Haitian Revolution. The route from Africa to the Americas and the transformation from slave to citizen are depicted through paintings, watercolor sketches, details from panoramic panel or mural paintings, engravings, archival documents, color photographs of historic places, and maps and graphs of the origins and destinations of slaves.

Chautauqua & Coffee learning series event will feature guest speaker Dr. Carey Latimore, Trinity University, to focus on Texas history for this exhibition as he speaks on “Black Reconstruction: Reconstruction and the Deferred Promise, 1865-1877” on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Africa in the Americas is an exhibition by Humanities Texas, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online or call 512.440.1991.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Humanities Texas.