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Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 8:30am - 5pm
at the University of North Texas, Dallas

We are in Dallas, Texas again for the 2023 Aya Symposium for in-person experience.

Join us for another engaging, informational and inspiring day on things Texas Freedom Colonies, as well as other historical African American settlements.

2023 Theme:
Technology: A New Frontier in Telling your Freedom Colony Story


This year’s annual symposium, held at community centers or universities, is focused on enhancing the average community member’s understanding of tools available to them as they preserve, document, and promote their freedom colonies. This means introducing a “pen and paper heritage conservationist” to tools that can make data gathering more effective and easier to access while helping the computer-savvy person get the most out of the apps they may currently use and introducing them to even newer tools. Read more here.



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2022 Overview

"This Woman's Work" was the theme for the 2022 Aya Symposium which focused on the contributions of women within and throughout Texas Freedom Colonies, as well as featuring women entrepreneurs, architects, creators, researchers, and educators. The 2022 Aya Symposium was held May 19 at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas, Texas.

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