Self-Guided Tour

Looking for a way to enhance your Black Classicists in Texas experience? Spend a day exploring the exhibits and various historical and cultural destinations in the East Austin area through this guided tour. Start the day with a picnic breakfast in Eastwoods Park, one of the first public parks in Austin used for Emancipation Day celebrations, before exploring all three exhibits. Make your way over to H.G. Madison’s log cabin, the historic home of Austin’s first African American City Council member, followed by mural gazing and recreations at Downs Field, home to Austin’s Negro League baseball team. End the tour by reflecting on the materials and your experience at Oakwood Cemetery, the resting place of prominent figures such as L.C. Anderson and R.S. Lovinggood. (The graves of Anderson and Lovinggood are located near the Navasota Street entrance into Oakwood Cemetery. Enter from Navasota and take a left down the first gravel road, before the Oakwood Chapel. Anderson’s grave is visible first. Continue down the path for less than 50 feet in order to find Lovinggood’s grave.) You can also access the guided tour through our Google Maps Travel Route.

Have time for lunch? Stop at one of these local Black-owned businesses located in East Austin: 

  • Community Vegan
  • Hoover’s Cooking
  • Bird Bird Biscuit 
  • Roland’s Soul Food 
  • Anything’s Baked Potato
  • Galloway’s Sandwich Shop 
  • Sam’s BBQ
  • La Plancha
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