Thanks to, Damita over at Ujima Magazine for sharing this Black History fact.
Imagine a beautiful sunny day in Austin Texas enjoying a photo walk in the Historic Clarksville District. Have you visited this area of town lately?
As a native Austinite, I have visited Clarksville on several occasions but not to specifically become aware of, or to learn about the Black community that once thrived right here in my backyard.
The History of Clarksville
During the photo walk, you are surrounded by a great story of our local history.
Charles Clark founded Clarksville in 1871. Clarksville is the oldest surviving freedom-town ‒ the original post-civil war settlement founded by former Black slaves west of the Mississippi river.
The historic district was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 in recognition of its unique and valuable history.
At least six communities of emancipated slaves existed around Austin including Wheatville (founded by celebrated Austin black leader Rev. Jacob Fontaine, Pleasant Hill, and Clarksville. In 1968 Clarksville residents unsuccessfully protested a state and local plan…
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I’ll definitely visit Clarksville next time I’m in Austin! Thank you!
Jane Linzmeyer Senior Academic Librarian University of Wisconsin Social Work Library (608) 263-3283
I hope u have the opportunity to visit. I know u will capture photos. Please share with your friend.
Wonderful post! I didn’t know any original freedom towns still existed! This is wonderful to discover and something great to read about. Thank you for sharing this.