East Austin History Tour

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East Austin History Tour
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Join us for a conversation and celebration of East Austin's African American history! This tour is free and open to the public. Our tour guides will be Architectural Historian Dr. Tara Dudley, Professor of Geography Dr. Eliot Tretter & Historian Archaeologist and Anthropologist Dr. Fred McGhee.

Historically, East Austin has been a vibrant area at the heart of Austin’s African American community. Today, gentrification and increased transit access places the community at a major turning point as various cultures, building practices, and income tiers blend to make this an area in transition.

- Huston-Tillotson University
- College Heights Neighborhood
- Wesley United Methodist Church
- Rosewood Courts
+ more!

- We will meet at Huston-Tillotson University, on the corner of E. 11th and Chalmers.
- Plan to wear comfortable shoes + clothing & bring water. The weather fluctuates a lot this time of year, so keep an eye on the forecast. Plan on bringing an umbrella, just in case!
- Set aside at least 3 hours for the entire tour
- We will likely stop for lunch after the tour wraps up. If you'd like to stick around and chat / hang out, bring some money! There are a lot of great food trucks along E. 11th Street.


Jane’s Walk USA is a series of free neighborhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.

Jane’s Walk USA honors the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Jane’s Walk USA helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.

They are not always about architecture and heritage, and offer a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their neighborhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaging and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it.
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