Exhibits - Austin Public Library

african american woman harvesting vegetables
Clearing Stones, Sowing Seeds: Photographs from the Travis County Negro Extension Service

February 5 – 28, 2019
Central Library, 6th Floor | 710 W. César Chávez St.

The exhibit Clearing Stones and Sowing Seeds presents selections from the Travis County Negro Extension Service Photography Collection (AR.2000.025). The collection, numbering over 600 photographs taken between 1940 and 1964, documents the variety of services offered by the TCNES, including animal husbandry, crafts, domestic education, gardening and agriculture, and home improvement. The photographs were almost lost. They were rescued by the AHC’s first African American Community Archivist Karen Riles, preserving an important resource documenting African American rural life in the age of Jim Crow. This is the first exhibition of these images.

Image: AR.2000.025-312