Texas State Historical Association Launches Online Feature on African-American History in Texas

    Handbook of African-American Texas offers comprehensive coverage of African Americans in the Lone Star State


    The Texas State Historical Association’s Handbook of Texas Online, a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture, has produced an in-depth online resource detailing the history of African-Americans in Texas.
    The Handbook of African-American Texas features more than 850 entries, including more than 300 new articles and dozens of images, that chronicle the individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, organizations, and events that comprise the African-American experience and its significant contribution to the heritage of the Lone Star State.
    This project was envisioned in 2011 by then TSHA President Merline Pitre, a professor in the Department of History and Geography at Texas Southern University. Pitre, Project Director of the Handbook of African-American Texas, acknowledges the struggles and accomplishments of blacks in Texas and the need to preserve this history:
    While African Americans have been subjected to slavery, segregation, and discrimination during this long history, they have made significant contributions to the growth and development of Texas. They have influenced Texas policies and social standards. Living and working with other ethnic groups, they have helped create a unique Texas culture….This Handbook is initiated to capture, to create greater awareness, and to increase research on the roles and contributions that Afro-Texans (individuals, groups, and organizations) have made to their neighborhoods, cities, state, and often the nation and beyond.
    Historians from across the state, , have contributed new scholarship in the making of this resource. The Handbook of African-American Texas, as a dynamic medium, will continue to add new articles and images in the future.
    In celebration of the African-American heritage of Texas, the Handbook of African-American Texas officially launches on Juneteenth. Come celebrate this new state resource at Juneteenth USA in Galveston, June 19, 2013.


    Handbook of African-American Texas
    Visit:  http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/african-americans
    Launch date:  June 19, 2013
    Event:       Juneteenth USA,  
    Location:  Galveston Ashton Villa  (and celebrations throughout the city)
    For More Information on Juneteenth USA:  (713) 741-8800



    Merline Pitre, Project Director
     Texas State Historical Association
    1155 Union Circle #311580
    Denton, TX  76203–5017


    **Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897, the TSHA is one of the nation’s most dynamic regional history organizations.  Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship, its mission is to further the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas through research, writing, publication, and educational programs. TSHA is housed at the University of North Texas.
    The Handbook of African-American Texas is the latest in a series of spin-off projects for the Handbook of Texas, which includes the online feature The Handbook of Civil War Texas and the book The Handbook of Texas Music, Second Edition. The roots of the state’s model encyclopedia go back to the publication of the two-volume Handbook of Texas in 1952; a major revision with the release of the six-volume New Handbook of Texas in 1996; and launch of its online version in 1999. The online Handbook currently contains more than 26,000 articles about all things Texan.

    Address tear sheets and/or weblinks to:

    Texas State Historical Association
    1155 Union Circle #311580
    Denton, TX  76203–5017