Texas African American History Memorial (Austin, TX)

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Title

Texas African American History Memorial (Austin, TX)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
African American history
American South
Juneteenth--Texas--Austin
Public art
Public sculpture
Slavery--Abolition
Slavery--Emancipation
Texas--History

Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The monumental work includes two bronze walls featuring figural scenes celebrating 400 years of African Americans’ contributions to Texas history. Decorated on both front and back, Dwight includes depictions of African Americans engaged in the cattle, cotton, and oil industries as well as tributes to Mickey Leland, Medgar Evers, Buffalo Soldiers, President Barack Obama, and African American Medal of Honor recipients. The two embellished walls meet at a central column. Scores of African American figures, seemingly comprising the base and shaft of the column, gaze outward at the viewer. The top of the column is adorned with two figures standing on a base that reads “Emancipation.” Both figures, one male, one female, have the cuffs of broken shackles and chains around their wrists. The former raises a lit torch over his head, while the latter holds a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The monument also serves as a memorial to Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), when hundreds of Union troops arrived in Texas and announced the abolition of slavery in the U.S. The memorial sits atop a granite base, which features bronze plaques with didactic text.

Creator

Dwight, Ed, 1933-

Date

Dedicated: November 19, 2019

Contributor

Texas African American History Memorial Committee; Texas Legislative Black Caucus; and State of Texas.

Rights

Capitol Historical Artifact Collection, State Preservation Board, 201 E 14th Street, Suite 950 (Sam Houston State Office Building), Austin, Texas, 78711, United States

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Texas State Capitol Grounds, 100 W 11th St, Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

Has Part

Seven bronze plaques on front of monument: text needed.
Three bronze plaques on back on monument: text needed.

Extent

408 x 324 in. ( 1036.32 x 822.96 cm.)

Medium

Granite; Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

“Texas African American History Memorial, Dedication Ceremony, South Lawn Texas Capital, Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:00 am.” Program (pdf). Accessed April 15, 2019, https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/blog/aam_program2.pdf.

“Texas African American History Memorial.” State Preservation Board, Texas Capitol. Accessed April 15, 2019, https://tspb.texas.gov/prop/tcg/tcg-monuments/21-african-american-history/index.html.

“New Texas African American Monument.” Legislative Reference Library of Texas. Accessed April 15, 2019, https://lrl.texas.gov/whatsnew/client/index.cfm/2017/2/14/New-Texas-African-American-Monument.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

408 x 324 in. ( 1036.32 x 822.96 cm.)

Citation

Dwight, Ed, 1933-, “Texas African American History Memorial (Austin, TX),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed September 25, 2020, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1134.

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