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They Took An Oath: Traveling Exhibit of Texas' First Black Legislators

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Austin History Center

810 Guadalupe St.

Austin, TX 78701

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Exhibit is currently on loan to Austin Public Library - Central Branch, June 15, 2019 - August 25, 2019. Exhibit on display in the Shared Learning Room 531, 5th floor.

Join us for Part 2 of a conversation as we continue an ongoing effort to commemorate the 19th Century Texas Black Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates.

They Took An Oath is a traveling exhibit of proposed legislation these men authored and represented during their time in the Texas Legislature. The exhibit has been compiled from original legislative bills, House & Senate Journals and other legislative documents courtesy of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Texas Legislative Reference Library.

The exhibit is part of the 19th Century Black Legislators’ Monument project unveiled at the Texas State Cemetery, March 2010 (click https://cemetery.tspb.texas.gov/monuments.asp to view)

The traveling exhibit marks the beginning of the upcoming 10th anniversary celebration of the unveiling (March 2020).

The exhibition is available for booking by emailing wisdomwordpublishing@yahoo.com

Read and discuss during the exhibition:

The Oath of Office signed by Senator George T. Ruby, 1870.

House Resolution requesting the use of the Texas House Chamber to commemorate the death of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, 1895.

House Resolution to end lynching in Texas, 1897.

Above image courtesy of Texas State Library & Archives Commission

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