Touring African-American history throughout Austin

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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