The Bastrop County African American Cultural Center’s fundraising drive is underway focused on its goal of building a new facility. Currently the Bastrop County African American Cultural Center is located in the Kerr Community Center in Bastrop, Texas. The Kerr Community Center has a rich history in the community of Bastrop. It was called Kerr Hall. Today it is a community center.
To emphasize the diverse contributions of peoples of
color to the history of the United States of America. To
teach others of the rich history of African Americans.
To help bring about cultural awareness that promotes
harmony for a better understanding of one another. To
be a repository of African American culture, artifacts,
and historical contributions to the country.
To be a repository of African American culture, artifacts, and historical contributions to the country. To interact with and showcase all cultures. Help foster an understanding of the importance of diversity and teach others how diverse cultures contributed to the makeup of the country.
The Bastrop County African American Cultural Center idea started as a “mustard seed” in the minds of the Board of Directors in 2019 one year before the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. These early founders’ goal was to build an African American Cultural Center in Bastrop, Texas. Those in attendance were descendants of the original 13 Freedom Colonies of Bastrop County Texas along with interested parties. The purpose then and now is to bring about cultural awareness of minorities and specifically the contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States of America.
In the minds of those original participants with the “mustard seed” idea continues to be to bring cultures together. The Bastrop County African American Cultural Center will focus on the diverse contributions of peoples of color to the history of the United States. The cultural center will teach others of the rich history of African Americans and their relationship with other cultures. It is intended to be a harbinger of cultural artifacts, history, black art, and futurist ideas that are inclusive of all cultures working together in harmony. The goal is to increase cultural awareness that promote a better understanding of African Americans and other cultures. The cultural center plans to achieve its goal through teaching, training, showcasing, inclusiveness, uniting all cultures through harmonious relationships and coalitions, mutual respect, and appreciation. Most of the original Founders descend from the 13 Freedom Colonies in Bastrop, Texas. It should not go without mention that there are many more than the original 13 Freedom Colonies in Bastrop County but most of the Founders of the Bastrop County African American Cultural Center descend from or currently reside in several freedom colonies in Bastrop and surrounding counties.
Freedom Colonies arose in the South after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that freed all slaves in the United States. Texas is uniquely different than other southern states because slaves in Texas did not receive word of the Emancipation Proclamation until June 19, 1865, commonly observed in Texas as “Juneteenth” or “Emancipation Day”! These freed ex-slaves had no place to go because they had lived on the plantation since before Emancipation.
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