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Exterior view of Ebenezer Baptist Church as seen from across the street, circa 1950s. Many cars line the street and the Texas State Capitol building dome is visible in the background. Several church members stand outside the church
"The Ebenezer Choir-Texas' largest and nationally known broadcasting group of singers," undated. Group portrait of the bright and early choir. Mrs. Virgie C. DeWitty was the organizer and director.
Happy New Year Sunday Service program for Ebenezer (Third Baptist) Baptist Church. Scan of program includes schedule of Sunday service and programming in addition to Reverend L.L. Campbell's essays "A Covenant" and "A Confession of Faith."
First Baptist Church at Ash (9th) and San Antonio Streets, circa 1867
Group portrait of First Baptist S.S. Cadets in 1916. Back reads: "Cadets for the First Baptist Church, Austin at a convention in Terrell, Texas. 1st on right: Tom Owens, younger brother of Murray. 5th on right: Murray Owens. 6th on right: William Owens, older brother of Murray."
Group portrait of First Baptist Church congregation in front of church at 14th and Red River, 1922. (far left) #1 William Owens, grandfather of Murray Owens; #3 Edwin Owens, father of Murray Owens; #2 Murray Owens. This site was eventually the location of Brackenridge Hospital in 1994
First Baptist Church at the corner of Red River and 14th Streets, circa 1897
A group of people seated at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church including Henrietta Washington, Arthur Byrd, Kate Strong, Cleo Mosley, Arthur Mosley, Rollis Martin, Louis Banks, Willie R. Brown, and Lenzie Martin on April 29, 1945
A large group of mostly women standing outside in front of the lodge building of the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, undated. This image was created by Ross
In the early 20th century, St. John's Orphanage along with its camp pavilions, such as the encampment pictured here, became a well known center for central Texas African Americans in need
View of the congregation of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Names of some church members are listed.
View of the congregation inside Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Established soon after Clarksville was founded, Sweet Home was the cornerstone of life in the early freedman's community for its residents and has remained an important part of Clarksville ever since. The church is a City of Austin and a State of Texas Historic Landmark.
The exterior of the west side of Ebenezer Baptist Church, undated
Group portrait of six African American women in dresses and hats in front of a car, undated. These women were pioneers of the Ebenezer Baptist Church
Group portrait of the Diana Cantu Trio: Jay, Diana Cantu, and Lucky Bridgewater. In front of the group is a drum and two guitars are resting against the drum.
Rythym Kings performing
Five African American men, the Paramount Singers, stand in front of a microphone. One stands in front of the microphone with a book and wears a light suit; four singers are pointing. A caption on the image reads "Paramount Singers of Austin Texas"
Exterior view of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, circa 1940s. It is a stone building with a square tower. Some cars are parked outside the church on the dirt road.
Exterior view of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church with the congregation gathered in front, circa 1890s. A few carriages are visible to the left of the group of people. This image was created by S.B. Hill
Austin Fire Department recruitment poster picturing (L to R): Johnnie Johnson, Larry McKee and Capt. Genobebo Chavarria, undated.
Portrait of Willie S. Wilson, undated.
Copyprint of a potrait of W.H. Passon. W. H. Passon was an African American educator in Central Texas during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection is comprised of two journals that record the daily affairs of the West Austin School and Clarksville School from 1908 to 1918 and the Olive Street School from 1918 to 1926, all schools in which Passon served as principal. Passon married Mittie T. Carr of Oakwoods, Texas in 1884. He was a faithful member of the Metropolitan A. M. E. Church. His effort to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the church in 1907 resulted in The Historical and Biographical Souvenir and Program of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Austin, Texas, 1882-1907, one of the earliest written histories of the church and African American life in Austin, Texas. Passon died in 1933. In 1979 the W. H. Passon Historical Society was founded with the aim of promoting the history of Austin's African American community.
This short video focuses on the history and importance of Rosewood Courts, its location and connection to African American history in Austin.
The Blue Bellies are in Austin: Readings from the Travis County Slave Narratives imbue life into the words found on the pages of the 1930s era oral history manuscripts. Words tinged with pain and suffering, the fear and yearning, the pride in tradition and family, and the resonating sorrow of those who had been enslaved. Blue Bellies highlights just 7 of the 65 individuals interviewed in Austin and Travis County during the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers Project. Historic black and white film and photographs from the archives of the Austin History Center and other repositories illustrate the words of this last generation of enslaved individuals. And these words have been given voice by talented local actors: Carla Nickerson Adams, Jennifer Cumberbatch, Miss Marlah, Curtis Polk, Noel Kent Smith, and Boyd Vance. A DVD 306.3620922 BL
Combining archival moving image footage and photos of old Anderson high school, this video highlights the school's history, focusing on its importance to African Americans in Austin.