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Root Work Journal - Convening in the Ark - Volume 1, Issue 1

Holding Ground 1

Jennifer Steverson
Warfield Center for African and African American Studies




An exploration of Black freedmen settlements in Austin Texas through archival images and the ecology of place. 

Black communities in Austin grew along the banks of creeks throughout the city. In many places, all that remains of these important refuges are the waterways that sustained them, the trees that sheltered them and a few historic wood frame buildings.

This project is a cultural cartography of the historic communities that brings together the cultural and ecological context using archival materials and plant materials.

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