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The Henry Green Madison Cabin’s restoration project is underway

The Henry Green Madison Cabin will undergo a renovation project to the tune of at least $85,000 to preserve the site for future generations.

A view of the Henry Green Madison Cabin, which sits behind a large tree.

The Austin Parks Foundation has secured additional funding from Preservation Austin and the Texas Preservation Trust Fund of the Texas Historical Commission to help efforts.

Photo via Austin Parks Foundation

The historic Henry Green Madison Cabin is getting a little TLC.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the Austin Parks Foundation, and Preservation Austin are funding restoration efforts on the cabin located at 807 E. 11th St. in Rosewood Park.

The cabin was built during the 1860s by Henry Green Madison, who was born into enslavement in Tennessee. Once in Austin, Henry became the first Black Austin City Council member.

A photo of husband-and-wife Louisa Green and Henry Green Madison.

Pictured with his wife, Louisa, Henry also served as president of the Union League’s local chapter and captain of an African-American unit of the Texas State Guard.

Photo via Austin Parks Foundation and Preservation Austin

The structure was discovered inside an existing house by a demolition crew in 1968, moved to Rosewood Park in 1973, and designated as a landmark in 1976.

So far, APF has secured at least $85,000 to work on window and door restoration, repairs to log walls, and roof replacement.

Want to learn more? Visit PARD and APF’s booth at Rosewood Park’s 2023 Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17 from 12-9 p.m.

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