Join the SFASU Center for Regional Heritage Research on Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.in downtown Nacogdoches at the Ed and Gwen Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House 329 East Main Street
Dr. Jeff Roth will present: “Telling the Stories of African Americans in Nacogdoches During the Texas Republic, 1836 to 1845” Introduction by Bruce Glasrud, author of The African American Experience in Texas.For more information, contact CRHR at 936.468.3953.
Cornerstones of the Community:
African American History in Eastern Texas
Entertainment by Steve Hartz and the Attoyac Valley String Ensemble
Saturday, June 25, 2011 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Join the Museum staff and community partners in celebrating the opening of an exhibit that is one of the first of its kind in East Texas. The exhibit, “Cornerstones of the Community: African American History in
Eastern Texas”, features artifacts, images, and stories collected from Nacogdoches to the United Kingdom that span parts of three centuries. During this time, African Americans lived in Texas as subject of the Spanish crown, the Republic of Mexico, the Texas Republic, and the United States. Their stories are a part of the story of Texas, and this exhibit is designed to further our understanding of the roles that they played in the development of this region. Each of the men and women featured in this exhibit exemplify the universal desire for freedom, faith, and family.
Over seventeen community partners and fourteen museums, archives, and historical associations have contributed more than 150 items to the exhibit. Items in the collection, such as family heirloom quilts and tools used by blacksmiths and cotton-field laborers, evoke powerful personal stories. A cast iron bed from the 1870s, passed down for generations in the same family, highlights the large collection of home furnishings that comprises part of the exhibit.
The exhibit opening will feature comments by Jeri Mills and entertainment by Steve Hartz and the Attoyac Valley String Ensemble.