African American History Month Around the Corner

February is African American History Month, and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers numerous travel resources to help Texans journey and discover these stories, including the African American heritage travel guide and mobile app tour.

African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy features dozens of sites across the state that are significant to the African American experience in Texas. More than a travel guide, the publication offers the stories of these key sites and is illustrated with photos, timelines, and maps.

Follow the map to Clarksville Historic District, one of Austin’s oldest African American communities and established neighborhoods where freedman Charles Clark settled in 1871. Having purchased two acres outside Austin, Clark formed a freedmen’s community that maintains an enduring sense of community pride today.

In Dallas, learn about and visit Freedman’s Cemetery Memorial located on the southwest corner of North Central Expressway at 2700 Lemmon Ave. Sculptures by David Newton tell the story of African Americans and their descendants’ journey from slavery to emancipation, including “The Sentinel”—a statue depicting an African warrior. Poems around the perimeter of the memorial also commemorate those originally buried in the cemetery.

Houston is home to vibrant African American heritage. Among numerous sites in Houston, the travel guide highlights the African American Library at the Gregory School which offers permanent exhibits and archives featuring photos, documents, and recordings focusing on the lives of African Americans in the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood.

A mobile app version of the guide is also available for free download. Part of the Texas Time Travel Tours app, the mobile tour offers a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and other useful visitor information for exploring African American culture and heritage in Texas.

The travel guide and apps are organized around 10 heritage regions in the THC’s nationally award-winning tourism initiative, the Texas Heritage Trails Program. For more information about heritage travel opportunities in Texas, visit www.TexasTimeTravel.com, where you can download or order a free copy of the THC’s African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy.