Travel guide highlights Lone Star State’s Black history

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African-Americans have left their mark in Texas history all around the state, but in an effort to help history buffs and inquisitive Texans find places of interest, the Texas Historical Commission updated its “African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy” travel guide for this year’s Black History Month.

Commission spokesperson Leah Brown said the updates included minor design changes, new photographs and nine new sites. Among these are the African American Cultural Heritage District and Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin; the Dunbar Historic District in San Marcos; and the African American Library at the Gregory School and Texas Southern University in Houston.

“We selected attractions in the guide based on their accessibility to the public and importance to local and state history,” the commission said in a statement. “We used some editorial discretion and included a few spots that staff felt were especially interesting or represented undertold stories.”

The full free guide is available online and via the Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app, complete with locations, descriptions, maps and photos of sites in Texas history. Stops are organized into 10 historic regions while users around Austin, Houston and Dallas can find the following sites. Some are within larger heritage districts:

Greater Houston-Galveston area:

  • Stop No. 19: Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway St., Galveston
  • Stop No. 20: African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor St., Houston
  • Stop No. 21: Fort Bend County Heritage Unlimited Museum, 630 Charlie Roberts Lane, Kendleton
  • Stop No. 23: Prairie View A&M University, FM 1098 and University Drive, Prairie View
  • Stop No. 26: The 1867 Settlement Historic District, 117 S. Bell Drive, Texas City

Austin and Hill Country:

  • Stop No. 14: African American Cultural Heritage District, bounded by I-35, Airport Boulevard, Manor Road, and East 11th Street, Rosewood Avenue and Oak Springs Drive, Austin
  • Stop No. 16: Dunbar Historic District, bounded by South Fredericksburg, Valley, Centre and Herndon streets, and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, San Marcos
  • Stop No. 22: John Colony, 12 miles northeast of Lockhart on FM 672, 0.2 miles east of the CR 294 and CR 167 intersection

Dallas-Fort Worth:

  • Stop No. 29: African American Museum of Dallas, 3526 Grand Ave., Dallas
  • Stop No. 30: Denton County African American Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton
  • Stop No. 31: Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 116 Elm St., Fort Worth

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Amelia joined Community Impact Newspaper in November 2015 after working for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She previously wrote for CI's Sugar Land/Missouri City paper and now leads the Katy edition. A graduate of Temple University, Amelia is also a proud Marylander with very specific opinions about eating crabs.

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