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Thursday, June 6, 2024
University of North Texas, Dallas
(Not Denton!)

Theme:  City eScape: Freedom Communities in Urban Settings

The year's focus is on the unique histories, cultures, and characteristics of Texas freedom colonies in and near urban centers – especially Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. The day will feature stories of emancipated Texans’ migration to these metro areas, (as well as smaller cities (like Beaumont, Waco, Corpus Christi, Abilene, etc.), and celebrate the countless “Black Wall Streets” they built upon their arrival. 

The symposium will discuss the challenges these communities in Texas and the U.S. currently face and the work of those offering solutions and strategies for addressing them as residents and descendants strive to maintain each community’s distinctive history, culture and contribution to the story of Texas and the United States.



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Help us advance collaboration by donating to our educational symposium for researchers, community advocates, preservationist, and historians! Your contribution will help us bring together experts from around Texas to share knowledge on best ways to uplift, empower and support the history and legacy of Texas Freedom Colonies. The Aya Symposium is the first educational program dedicated to this topic. Please consider donating today and be a part of this exciting event. Thank you for your support!

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