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Austin's Black History Walk

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 33 reviews.Austin, United States

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Experience hosted by Javier

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This historic walking tour will be at the African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility and Dedrick-Hamilton House. Here guests will learn about the beginnings of the Black East Austin Community and the City of Austin's efforts to restore one the first homes built by a formerly enslaved man. Guests will interact will longtime residents and at times members of Austin's Black community.

The walking tour will continue down 11th Street to Charles E. Urdy Plaza where guests see the mosaic that honors the history of the Black East Austin Community. Guests will also learn and see the Historic Victory Grill and learn about the "Chittlin Circuit" in Austin.

Our walk continues down the historic 11th Street until we arrive the George Washington Carver Complex where we enter the museum and library (if open) to learn more about Juneteenth, The City of Austin's 1928 Master Plan and creation of the "Negro District". Guests will briefly peruse some exhibits.

The tour will conclude at George Washington Carver Complex.
This historic walking tour will be at the African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility and Dedrick-Hamilton House. Here guests will learn about the beginnings of the Black East Austin Community and the City of Austin's efforts to restore one the first homes built by a formerly enslaved man. Guests will interact will longtime residents and at times members of Austin's Black community.

The walking tour will continue down 11th Street to…

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Meet your host, Javier

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Hey y’all! I’m Javier, a Native Austinite with deep roots in the state. My family has been in the Austin area for almost 200 years. We arrived here as enslaved African people when Texas was still a part of Mexico in the early 1830s.

My love for history and my community has led me to my current position. I am a PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin, Hook’em Horns! In my research, looking through the lens of sport, I explore how race, class, gender and migration impact educational access, attainment and outcomes in different communities across the globe.
Hey y’all! I’m Javier, a Native Austinite with deep roots in the state. My family has been in the Austin area for almost 200 years. We arrived here as enslaved African people when Texas was still a part of Mexico in the early 1830s.

My love for history and my community has led me to my current position. I am a PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin, Hook’em Horns! In my research, looking through the lens of sport, I explore how race, class, gender and migration impact educa…
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Where you'll be

- African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility and Dedrick-Hamilton House.
- Charles E. Urdy Plaza
- Historic Victory Grill
- Historic San Bernard Street
- Wesley United Methodist Church
- George Washington Carver Museum & Library

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 33 reviews.

Hannah
February 2020
When traveling, we pick a few activities that center around learning about a communities history. This was a great tour for that. Javier presented information about history and philosophical decisions that were made regarding the community’s past. This was objective, but peppered with some cultural undertones that added flavor and perspective. Javier is very knowledgeable about the history of black and brown people and history as a whole, which helped add some amazing narrative. Highly recommend the tour and taking what you learn from him and doing the research yourself about your own community.
When traveling, we pick a few activities that center around learning about a communities history. This was a great tour for that. Javier presented information about history and phi…
Makenzie
February 2020
This tour was great. Javier did an excellent job of weaving personal history into the history of Black Austin. Our tour was the first stop on our trip, and it gave us excellent perspective for the rest of our stay in Austin. He was very personable and knowledgeable.
This tour was great. Javier did an excellent job of weaving personal history into the history of Black Austin. Our tour was the first stop on our trip, and it gave us excellent per…
Christine
February 2020
Great experience and storytelling. I felt honored, humbled and a deep sense of Pride learning of the History of Austin. Javier is a wonderful guide.
Kyra
January 2020
Javier was wonderful!! He is beyond an expert in his tour. My boyfriend is from Austin but he learned just as much as I did from this tour. Javier took us to the best places in town that had history and gave us refreshing perspectives. We met locals and got to really see Austin differently! Highly,highly, highly recommend!
Javier was wonderful!! He is beyond an expert in his tour. My boyfriend is from Austin but he learned just as much as I did from this tour. Javier took us to the best places in tow…
Vaughn
January 2020
Wonderful opportunity to learn about the history, experiences and contributions of Black folks to the City of Austin. Javier was really knowledgeable and told the story in a wider and more global context. He has a particular passion for the City and its history. I was only in Austin for two days and this tour broadened my perspective on this city. I highly recommend this tour.
Wonderful opportunity to learn about the history, experiences and contributions of Black folks to the City of Austin. Javier was really knowledgeable and told the story in a wider…
Jasmine
January 2020
Javier was an excellent guide! He was punctual, knowledgeable, and well organized. We could tell he planned out the structure of the tour in advance, and there was plenty of context provided alongside the anchoring dates and sites. Given his own rich family history and ties to the city, he honestly should charge more for this experience. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a richer experience of Austin.
Javier was an excellent guide! He was punctual, knowledgeable, and well organized. We could tell he planned out the structure of the tour in advance, and there was plenty of conte…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

More tips

This is a walking tour that will focus on the African-American experience in Austin. Please be prepared to walk about one mile on this experience. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

What to bring

comfortable walking shoes

appropriate clothing for the weather