Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980

Austin American Statesman Photo Morgue, photo by Austin American-Statesman. 


Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 - 1980

February 21, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Image: AS-61-33161-1, Austin American Statesman Photo Morgue.

From the Germans who fled Germany in mid-19th century as political dissenters to the Vietnamese and Cambodians forced to flee war and violence in the late 1970s, the history of refugees in Austin spans well over a century and demonstrates just how integral refugees have been to the development of this city. An interest in providing a home to communities in need has a long history in Austin and Travis County. Whether serving as a temporary refuge for families displaced by war or natural disaster or engaging in activism to support the safe passage and resettlement of refugees around the world, Austin has provided space for new communities to flourish. Yet, refugees have also faced discrimination when claiming Austin as their new home. Finding Refuge in Austin considers how refugees in Austin have grappled with these challenges and worked to empower themselves and their communities. With Texas recently withdrawing from the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, this exhibit is timely, and also an important reminder of the historical roots and contributions of refugees in Austin and Travis County.

Image: AS-61-33161-01. Austin American Statesman Photo Morgue, photo by and (c) Austin American Statesman. 

Click the thumbnail images below to view more from the exhibit. Visit the AHC to see the exhibit starting on February 21, 2017.