The Texas Freedom Colonies Storyteller Project

Share your freedom colony memories, stories, and photos

Do you and your family have objects or photographs that evoke memories of freedom colonies?

Freedom colonies are Black settlements in Texas founded between 1865 and 1930. Submit your photos to contribute to a digital archive that aims to share the stories of freedom colonies through pictures of your artifacts. Some examples of artifacts are a pin from your great-grandmother, a handkerchief, a hat from your grandfather, a family bible, photos, obituaries, and more. This project aims to raise awareness of freedom colonies and preserve, connect, educate, and honor the legacies of these places in the broader story of Texas.

View project and entry details.

This contest ran from February 12, 2021 – November 28, 2021.

The Texas Freedom Colonies Storytelling Project is a collaboration between The Texas Freedom Colonies Project and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Made possible in part by funding from the Whiting Foundation.

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