In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin

This was originally published several months ago, so it may be out of date.

Friday, June 17, 2016
Contact: Kanya Lyons, 512-974-7379

In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin

The Austin History Center invites you to In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, June 21, 6:30 PM at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. Andres and Juanita Tijerina, currently at work on an upcoming book by the same title, will speak about slave life and emancipation in Austin, as evidenced in the Travis County slave narratives that were recorded in the 1930s. This program will augment the upcoming Juneteenth celebrations and serve to increase our understanding of the historical roots of this celebration.

The first part of the program reviews the 1937 WPA project to interview Americans as part of the New Deal administration. It explores the influence of the interviewer, the typescript and the interviewee on the accuracy of the historical narrative. The second part of the presentation is a reading of selected narratives to demonstrate the nuances of the interviewer’s interpretation and the diversity of persons interviewed. The conclusion presents the history of the African American freedmen of Travis County.

The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, please call 512-974-7498 or visit

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