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Where to learn about Black history in Austin

History exists in more than just books — these local resources will show you the impacts of Black Austinites across our city.

The George Washington Carver Musem

The George Washington Carver Museum offers a slew of events commemorating Black History Month.

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Black History Month is in full swing, marking a time to celebrate Black Americans and the contributions they have made to the US.

This February, learn about the past firsthand from the organizations + institutions working to preserve Black history in ATX, so you can keep the celebration going year-round.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center | This east Austin museum is a go-to spot for local Black history resources and is also offering a slate of events for Black History Month all February long. P.S. — Don’t miss “Two Births and the Afterlife,” an exhibit featuring works from Aimée M. Everett exploring the self-discovery that comes with childbirth and motherhood.

Six Square | Austin’s Black Cultural District, Six Square, was the first of its kind in the state of Texas. In addition to preserving historic spaces and putting on events and programming, Six Square offers tours of historic east Austin.

Black Austin Tours | These tours — created by Austinite Javier Wallace — offer walks through East Austin and Downtown, plus paddles along the Colorado River.

Black History Bike Ride | Keep an eye out for upcoming group rides or follow pre-set routes through Austin’s Black history, learning as you go.

African American Cultural and Heritage Facility | Learn about local history at this facility inside the Dedrick-Hamilton House, which was owned in the 1880s by one of the first enslaved men to be freed in Travis County.

Huston-Tillotson University | A walk through Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning is a lesson in local Black history in itself.

Austin History Center | Browse collections related to desegregation in Austin, Black Austin of the early 1900s, and more from ATX’s history center.

UT Austin | Between the Art Galleries at Black Studies, civil rights collections at the Briscoe Center for American History, and other materials, arts, and artifacts spread across this campus’ research institutions, you’ll never run out of things to learn from UT scholars.

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