Touring African-American history throughout Austin

Tours around Austin show key places in African American history
Tours around Austin show key places in African American history

A local group is touring some Austin sites for the start of Black History Month.

Austin’s First African American Cultural Heritage District hosted a one hour bus tour on Saturday

Passengers were able to see many sites including a church and a cemetery.

“Cemeteries are really important places because you see who died and as people have died, you kind of string together how they may have lived so it’s a great place to go and envision communities,” said Lisa Byrd of the African-American Cultural Heritage District.

“Everything has a story,” she continued. “Everybody has a story. Every community has a story and it’s the stories that build the platform for us as individuals or as a community to move forward.”

Attendees were encouraged to write down stories about places in Austin. Those stories will be included in a long-term archive project.

 

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