Our numerous publications provide spaces for these tales to be told, and TSHA is proud to maintain opportunities for scholarly work on the history of African American Texans to flourish. The Handbook of African American Texas is one such publication that has played a crucial role in TSHA’s efforts to capture and disseminate the many aspects and contributions of African-American life, history, and culture in Texas. Our digital archives include many articles from past editions of the Texas Almanac as well. In fact, did you know that the first native Texan to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor was an African American? From black minor league baseball in Texas to 19th-century African-American Legislators, the fascinating impact of African-American Texans is chronicled throughout editions of the Almanac.
TSHA also boasts many in-depth essays on African-American Texans in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the premier source of scholarly work on Texas and the Southwest. Published four times annually, members receive the print editions of the Quarterly in their mail, allowing them to read engaging articles like “Texas and the Master Civil Rights Narrative: A Case Study of Black Females in Houston,” by Merline Pitre, or “The Elusive Ballot: The Black Struggle against the Texas Democratic White Primary, 1932-1945,” by Darlene Clark Hine.
In an effort to promote African-American Texas history to students, TSHA publishes two journals committed to student scholarship. You can read about notable figures such as Juanita Craft in the Texas Historian, one of the few journals in the country dedicated to publishing the historical research of secondary students. Or learn about the musician Blind Lemon Jefferson in Touchstone, the undergraduate research journal of the Walter Prescott Webb Society, our college-level educational program.
Teachers can also benefit from TSHA’s many educational tools. For example, our Texas Insights newsletter contains a variety of information on the latest material for teachers to use in their classrooms. Through resources such as Texas Insights, Texas history educators can gather unique historical tales to supplement their lessons during Black History Month. But this knowledge is not just limited to students and educators. African-American Texas history should be available to everyone, which is why members and enthusiasts belonging to the general public should enjoy access to our numerous digital resources, including Texas Talks. In this interactive webinar series, participants can probe history scholars on an array of subjects, like the Buffalo Soldiers: a regiment of black soldiers created by the Union after the Civil War, part of whom kept the peace on the Texas frontier and helped renovate several Texan forts.
African Americans have influenced and continue to influence Texas economically, politically, culturally, and socially. However, historians have not always acknowledged the role that African Americans played in the Lone Star State. TSHA is excited to take this month to illuminate these stories in order to spread a comprehensive view of Texas history across the globe.