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Stories of Austin's African-American History at Wooldridge Square
March 12, 2017

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In honor of Black History Month, we are sharing stories gathered through Our Austin Story, a project by the Downtown Austin Alliance in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to collect stories of Austin's history through the lens of our historic squares. These are a few of the stories we've collected that highlight moments in African-American history that took place in Wooldridge Square.

 

• On September 30, 1911, Booker T. Washington spoke to a crowd of 5,000 at Wooldridge Square after he was denied a request to speak at the Capitol.

 

• Lyndon B. Johnson announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate from this bandstand in Wooldridge Square in 1948.  

 

• In August 1963, nearly 4,000 Civil Rights activists marched from the Capitol to Wooldridge Square.  Click here to see archival footage of the march.

 

Visit the project website and follow us on social media for more stories from Our Austin Story.