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"Coming to Texas, 1528-1836"
Approximately 54% of all enslaved Africans brought to the New
World between 1519 and 1700 disembarked in Spanish America, and
New Spain (Mexico) received its share through the ports of Veracruz  
where Africans were first brought and taken for work in the country's
gold and silver mines, as servants, field workers and other labors.  So
numerous were Africans in New Spain that by 1570 the 20,569
Africans there were three times the Spanish population.
The Africans spread out through New Spain, including heading  
north and across the Rio Grande inter-marrying with indigenous
people, running away from slavery (marronage) and starting their  
own communities. Some became the first black Texans.
This package examines how Africans first came to this part of the

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1108 Lavaca St., No. 110-212
Austin, TX 78701      
Phone: 512-673-0565      
Unitarian Universal
of Austin
Texas Black History Preservation Project
Documenting the Complete African American Experience in Texas -- "Know your history, know yourself"
Want to submit an entry? See our submissions page for how you can contribute an entry, essay, photo or other pertinent information.

The Houston Riot/Camp Logan Mutiny
The darkest social blemish in Houston's history occurred on the steamy
night of Aug. 23, 1917. The Houston Riot, also called the Camp  Logan
Mutiny, is known as the only race riot in U.S. history where  more
whites (15) than blacks (4) died. The incident led to the largest  court
martial in U.S. military history.
Here, the TBHPP examines that night as well as the events leading to it
and the aftermath that included 19 members of the 24th Infantry (a unit
of the famed "Buffalo Soldiers") being led to the gallows and buried  in
practically unmarked graves at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.  Our
stories include:

  • "Camp Logan Riot of 1917": An essay by Roxanne Evans and
    Michael Hurd
  • Angela Holder, history professor at Houston Community College,
    Central Campus, is a great niece of one of the 24th Infantry
    soldiers hung for alleged participation in the riot. Prof. Holder
    writes a personal reflection on the riots.
  • Expanded Timeline: A history of African Americans in the U.S.
  • The Crisis Report -- Right's activist Martha Gruening reported on
    the Houston violence for the November, 1917 edition of The Crisis
    magazine, the NAACP's influential quarterly publication started
    by W.E.B. DuBois.
  • Video: "Buffalo Soldiers history."
Drawing by Kathleen Howell

"The Emancipation Proclamation --
        Freedom Realized and Delayed"
The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation was marked in 2013. President Abraham Lincoln signed the
proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. The order officially freed all slaves within the states or parts of states, basically the
Confederate states, including Texas, that were in rebellion against the Union. However, the proclamation did not
apply to the one million slaves in Union territory who remained in bondage and word of the edict would not
officially reach Texas for another two and half years -- June 19, 1865.
View the TBHPP special package on the
Proclamation and Juneteenth, including an essay, video, and images.
The TBHPP is presenting this wonderful exhibit on the history of African-American
physicians in Texas courtesy of the
Texas Medical Association. Some were born
slaves, such as Franklin R. Robey, MD, of Houston, some were the children of slaves.
Maps, vintage images, and a timeline trace key events starting in 1837 and continuing
until 2009 when TMA elected its first African-American president,
William H. Fleming
III, MD, a Houston neurologist. Click here to view the exhibit.
This Week in Texas Black History -- Feb. 22-28
Africans have had a presence in Texas for almost 500 years, maybe longer. The territory was the northernmost area of New Spain (Mexico) in 1528 when Esteban (Estevanico), a Moroccan Moor
servant, waded ashore with a group of Spanish conquistadors near what is now Galveston Island and established himself as the first known African in what would become Texas. Since, African
Americans have contributed significantly in all facets of the building of the Lone Star State -- its infrastructure, image, and culture. For that, the Texas Black History Preservation Project is charting
every aspect of the black experience in Texas as an online encyclopedia.

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#MyUntold -- Wells Fargo Bank storytelling campaign for African Americans
   Wells Fargo Bank is giving everyday African Americans an opportunity to tell their stories as a
way to present new and varied perspectives on what it means to be African American. In the
company's "#MyUntold" storytelling movement, members of the community are invited to submit
their stories on social media platforms in video, pictures, or words by using the phrase #MyUntold.
To share your untold story, simply enter the phrase #MyUntold on Facebook, Twitter, etc. To view
videos from the campaign, visit the
Wells Fargo YouTube page. For suggestions on creating and
sharing your story, see the Wells Fargo storytelling tip sheet
24 – On this day in 1933, jazz saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman was born in Corsicana. Newman grew up in Dallas,
graduating from Lincoln High School, then studying theology and music at
Jarvis Christian College. For 12 years, beginning in
1954, he was a member of the
Ray Charles Band and became the group’s lead tenor soloist. He also played with Herbie Mann,
Aretha Franklin, Hank Crawford, Aaron Neville, and Austin’s Kenny Dorham. In 2005, Newman’s album, "I Remember Brother
Ray," was the most played jazz album in the nation.
26Heman Sweatt, accompanied by a delegation from the NAACP, met with University of Texas president Theophilus S. Painter
and other university officials on this day in 1946 to present a formal request for Sweatt’s admission to the UT law school. The legal
case resulting from this request,
Sweatt v. Painter, became a landmark civil rights decision, one of several that struck down the
doctrine of "separate but equal" educational facilities. Sweatt finally registered at the school on September 19, 1950.
27Negro Leagues pitcher Hilton Smith was born on this day in 1907 in Giddings. He played baseball at Prairie View A&M
College and then with the Austin Black Senators and in 1932 the Monroe (La.) Monarchs. In 1937, he joined the Kansas City
Monarchs, of the newly formed Negro American League and played there until 1948. With Kansas City, he frequently came on in
relief of the great
Satchel Paige. Smith was named to six consecutive East-West All-star Games ('37-42) and won 20 or more games
in each of his 12 seasons with Kansas City, including a 93-11 record over a four-year span ('39-42). He was inducted into the
Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Buck O'Neil, his teammate and close friend said of him, "From 1940 to 1946, Hilton Smith might
have been the greatest pitcher in the world."
28 – On this date in 1945, All-Pro defensive end Charles "Bubba" Smith was born in Orange. Smith played for his father, Willie Ray
Smith, at Beaumont Charlton-Pollard HS and attended Michigan State University where he was a two-time All-American
defensive end. Smith was the first pick of the 1967 NFL draft by the
Baltimore Colts, and was a member of their Super Bowl V
winning team. During his nine-year career, he also played with the
Oakland Raiders and the Houston Oilers. After football, Smith
became an actor, most noted for his roles in six "
Police Academy" films. In 1988, he was inducted to the College Football Hall of