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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The 21st Century

 
 
The 21st Century Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, December 16, 2020
1. The 21st Century Marker
Inscription.  The State of Texas has thrived economically. Early history indicates that the development of the cotton industry, initially dependent on slave labor, as well as the cattle market and the discovery of abundant supplies of oil contributed to this economic wealth. These three profitable industries facilitated Texas' economic progress. However, such achievements were often at the expense of African-Americans who rarely reaped the benefits of such growth. For 200 years, Texans of African descent struggled for economic, social and political success. They fought to gain access to basic judicial and human rights to secure their enfranchisement and their role in Texas society. In some cases, they achieved some success. In other areas, there is work yet to be done. This Memorial is dedicated to both the struggles and achievements of African-American Texans and the impact of both on the economic and cultural vitality of the State of Texas.
 
Erected 2016 by the Texas African American History Memorial Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans.
 
Location.
Texas African American History Memorial (back) image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, December 16, 2020
2. Texas African American History Memorial (back)
30° 16.399′ N, 97° 44.489′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of West 11th Street and Congress Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West 11th Street. Marker is on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hendrick Arnold and Samuel McCulloch, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Slavery During the Mexican National Era (here, next to this marker); Civil War, Emancipation and Juneteenth (here, next to this marker); Slavery During the Republic and Early Statehood (here, next to this marker); Battles for Texas Independence from Mexico (here, next to this marker); Reconstruction and the Post Slavery Experience (here, next to this marker); First Contact and the Spanish Colonial Era (here, next to this marker); Post Reconstruction Challenges and Achievements (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
More about this marker. The marker is one of ten markers on the Texas African American History Memorial. The monument honors the many contributions of African Americans in Texas. The markers trace the history of African Americans from the 1500s to the present.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.
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