Austin Digital Heritage Project


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1. Harlem Theater

Longtime Austinites, Sam Alexander and Pearl Cox, talk on the importance of the black-owned Harlem Theater to the youth of color in East Austin and the potential future of the Harlem Theater.

Location: 1800 E. 12th Street, Austin, TX 78702

2. 12th and Chicon Jackmon

To share local historical knowledge of 12th & Chicon, E4 Creative Mentor Jorge Ramirez interviewed Executive Director of Six Square Nerfertitti Jackmon and longtime Austinite Pearl Cox.

Location: 1819 12th/Chicon Austin, TX 78702

3. Victory Grill – Harold McMillan

To share an oral history of the Victory Grill, E4 Creative Mentors Jadzia Padilla, Jennifer Chavez, and Karina Mata interviewed Harold McMillan.

Location: 1104 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

4. Doris Miller Auditorium

For a detailed history of the Doris Miller Auditorium, ADHP member Darnell Wilson interviewed the City of Austin’s Program Manager, Kim McKnight, and Program Coordinator and Historian, Sarah Marshall.

Location: 2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

5. L. C. Anderson High School

In 1928, an urban plan created racially segregated zones in Austin with Interstate 35 acting as the barrier. After the urban plan was implemented, L. C. Anderson High School came to be Austin’s only African American high school. This page will highlight L. C. Anderson High School’s history and significance in the Austin community.

Location: 900 Thompson St, Austin, TX 78702

6. Pflugerville Colored Addition

The Pflugerville Colored Addition is a community located on Farm Road 1825 in West Pflugerville. In 1910, Black workers that worked in the Pflugerville cotton industry and ice factory weren’t allowed to move to Pflugerville or live in city limits. In response to this, La Rue Norton, a farmer who owned 1200 acres of land […]

Location: Farm to Market Rd 1825, Texas 78660

7. Huston-Tillotson University

Longtime Austinites, Sam Alexander and Pearl Cox, talk on the importance of the black-owned Harlem Theater to the youth of color in East Austin and the potential future of the Harlem Theater.

Location: 900 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702

8. Rosewood Park

For a detailed history of Rosewood Park, ADHP member Darnell Wilson interviewed the City of Austin’s Program Manager, Kim McKnight, and Program Coordinator and Historian, Sarah Marshall.

Location: 2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

9. Waterloo Greenway

For a detailed history of Waterloo Greenway, ADHP member Darnell Wilson interviewed the Conservancy’s Community Engagement and Government Relations Director, Melissa Ayala.

Location: 500 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78701

10. Oakwood Cemetery

The Oakwood Cemetery is Austin’s oldest cemetery and is home to Austin’s founding population. The cemetery is divided into 4 quarters and stands near the heart of downtown Austin. The cemetery symbolizes the diverse cultures present in Austin in its founding years as it was the primary cemetery in the city for years. Oakwood cemetery […]

Location: 1601 Navasota St

11. Blackshear Fine Arts Academy: Today and Tomorrow

In this special report, the Austin Digital Heritage Project collaborates with Creative Action to showcase Blackshear Fine Arts Academy, a historical school in East Austin, which is also near Huston-Tillotson University. This school grew from a wooden shack to educate children of newly freed slaves, to a segregated school for Black students, and finally, a […]

Location: 1712 E 11th St

12. Blackshear Fine Arts Academy: Principal Friendly Rice

In this special report, the Austin Digital Heritage Project collaborates with Creative Action to showcase the life and legacy of Mr. Friendly R. Rice, who led this historical school in East Austin between 1931 and 1972 during Austin’s discriminatory laws under Jim Crow. Interviews include alumnae, such as Betty Ussery and Arlene Youngblood, and Vonnye […]

Location: 1712 E 11th St

13. Blackshear Fine Arts Academy: History of Blackshear

From a wooden shack in the 19th century, to a modernized school in the 21st century, the Austin Digital Heritage Project collaborates with Creative Action to provide an abridged history of Blackshear Elementary School, also known as Blackshear Fine Arts Academy.

Location: 1712 E 11th St