Histories of Displacement in Austin's Black Communities: Tour of Clarksville

Feb 29, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Antiquities Action presents a historic tour of Clarksville led by native resident and Clarksville Community Development Corporation (CCDC) board of directors president Mary Reed. This tour will start and end at the historic Hezikiah Haskell house, a home built by a freed slave and representative of the kinds of homes that were built throughout Clarksville, a freedmen community that was established in 1871. The house contains photos of old Clarksville in the 1970s, when it was on the cusp of the transformation that created today's Clarksville.

During the tour around Clarksville, people will learn about what life there for early residents, visit the former site of the Clarksville Colored School, the former site of an Indian Trading Post, the site of the Texas Confederate Soldiers Home, walk by the homes of deceased Clarksville residents who were important to the neighborhood and by the historic Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Attendees will also see the remnants of an old wall made of found objects, an early cistern, and learn why there are very few African Americans living in what used to be a Black community and about Clarksville today.


Mary Reed has lived in historic Clarksville since 1989 and has served on the board of directors of the Clarksville Community Development Corporation (CCDC) for more than 18 years. For the last eleven of those years, she has been president of the board. The CCDC oversees the preservation of historic Clarksville and its affordable housing program, which is one of the only programs of its kind in the nation operating in an affluent neighborhood. 
 

February Antiquities Action Events

Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 26
5 – 6:30 PM

Tour of Clarksville with Mary Reed
Saturday, Feb. 29
2 – 3:30 PM

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