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Juneteenth: Stories of the Enslaved in San Felipe de Austin

Visit San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site on Saturday, June 22nd for a special focus on the stories of the enslaved that lived and worked in the San Felipe de Austin community.

To date, we have uncovered the names of just under 70 enslaved citizens belonging to those that came to Austin's Colony in the 1820s and 1830s. Of those, enough records survive to piece together the lives of four of these citizens to tell an amazing tale of those commonly overlooked in Texas history.

Come learn about the lives of Turner, Celia Allen, Joe Travis, and Mary Marks as they worked in the community and (occasionally) gained freedom from enslavement.

Special information will be on display in our permanent gallery and discussed by staff in our outdoor Villa de Austin exhibit from 9am to 4pm.

While you're in town, be sure to stop by the San Felipe festival grounds (on the north side of Interstate 10) as they host their first town Juneteenth celebration!

Header image includes an artist depiction of Turner, an enslaved young man working in the San Felipe de Austin print shop in the 1830s. His story is one of four we will be focusing on throughout the day.