Remembering Clarksville-The Hezikiah Haskell House

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Thanks to, Damita over at Ujima Magazine for sharing this Black History fact.

UJIMA MAGAZINE

Austin 3 100_3008Imagine a beautiful sunny day in Austin Texas enjoying a photo walk in the Historic Clarksville District. Have you visited this area of town lately?

As a native Austinite, I have visited Clarksville on several occasions but not to specifically become aware of, or to learn about the Black community that once thrived right here in my backyard.

The History of Clarksville

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During the photo walk, you are surrounded by a great story of our local history.

Charles Clark founded Clarksville in 1871. Clarksville is the oldest surviving freedom-town ‒ the original post-civil war settlement founded by former Black slaves west of the Mississippi river.

The historic district was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 in recognition of its unique and valuable history.

At least six communities of emancipated slaves existed around Austin including Wheatville (founded by celebrated Austin black leader Rev. Jacob Fontaine, Pleasant Hill, and Clarksville. In 1968 Clarksville residents unsuccessfully protested a state and local plan…

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3 thoughts on “Remembering Clarksville-The Hezikiah Haskell House

  1. I’ll definitely visit Clarksville next time I’m in Austin! Thank you!

    ?? Jane

    Jane Linzmeyer Senior Academic Librarian University of Wisconsin Social Work Library (608) 263-3283

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