"They Took An Oath: Traveling Exhibit of Texas' First Black Legislators " at TSLAC March 14

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

Effective March 12, 2020: We regret to inform you that the Second Saturday workshops have been cancelled through May 2020 due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Our agency director has taken this action as a result of the consensus of health experts who have counselled the public to reduce travel and attendance at large group events in order to break the cycle of transmission. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We very much look forward to presenting, sharing information, and meeting our colleagues across the state. We will be in touch soon to schedule other workshops with you again in the future.

AUSTIN —The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will host a special traveling exhibit, They Took An Oath: Traveling Exhibit of Texas' First Black Legislators, on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin. The exhibit is part of the 19th Century Black Legislators’ Monument project unveiled at the Texas State Cemetery in March 2010. As part of the exhibit project director Larry Thomas will deliver a 20-minute talk on his research and take questions in a special program beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Part of an ongoing effort to commemorate the 19th century African American Texas Legislators and delegates to the Constitutional Conventions of 1868-69 and 1875, They Took An Oath is an exhibit of large format facsimile reproductions of proposed legislation these men introduced during their time in the Texas Legislature. The exhibit has been compiled from original legislative bills, House and Senate Journals and other legislative documents courtesy of TSLAC and the Legislative Reference Library of Texas.

Registration is requested but not required. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information and register visit: https://tslac_theytookanoath.eventbrite.com.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

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Susan Floyd
Communications Officer
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