Historic Robertson Hill Neighborhood
In celebration of Juneteenth, the French Legation is pleased to partner with Black History Bike Ride to bring you this year’s annual Juneteenth Social Ride on Sunday June 12th! This year’s Juneteenth event will debut a new route focused on downtown and Austin's East Side featuring the historic Robertson Hill neighborhood and the French Legation.
The story of African Americans, from slavery to freedom and citizenship is folded into the history of the French Legation and its surrounding community. The origins of many of East Austin's Freedman Colonies can be traced back to the French Legation and the land once owned by the Robertson family who resided in the historic house. On this tour, learn about the French Legation's connection to East Austin's black community and the rich heritage of the neighborhood that grew up around the site in the late 19th century.
The tour will meet at the French Legation State Historic Site at 802 San Marcos St. at 10am on June 12th, 2022 for a fun-filled morning of riding bikes and learning about Austin’s Black history. Be sure to RSVP via the EventBrite link or their website, www.blackhistorybikeride.com. Once your RSVP is confirmed, you will be entered into a raffle for some sweet prizes! Follow Black History Bike Ride on social media for announcements and updates on this event's after party.
*This ride is free, however you can make a donation on EventBrite to support Black History Bike Ride’s work if you feel so moved. Donations to the French Legation State Historic Site can be made in person the day of or online via the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.
*The French Legation State Historic Site and Texas Historical Commission are not responsible for any lost or stolen items during this event.*
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