Jane's Walk: 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.

Historically, East Central 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.

- Bertram Allen: author & leader of the Passon Society
- Dr. Tara Dudley: architectural historian & lecturer at UT School of Architecture
- Stephanie Jarvis: public historian and former director of the French Legation Museum
- Harrison Eppright: public historian with the African American Cultural Heritage Center

- French Legation Museum
- Ebenezer Baptist Church
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
- Rosewood Courts
+ more!

- We will meet at the French Legation Museum: 802 San Marcos St, 78702
- Plan to wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes & bring water. It will likely be warm!
- Set aside at least 3 hours for the entire tour
- We will likely stop for food once we wrap up; bring your wallet if you want to break bread together after the tour!

**For those using public transportation, you can select the French Legation Museum as your trip destination in order to plan your route.

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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