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Discovering 300 Years Of The African American Experience In San Antonio

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As San Antonio celebrates its Tricentennial anniversary, are we telling the entirety of the city's story? Is enough attention being paid to the contributions of different ethnic groups over time? 

San Antonio has a deep background in African-American history and culture. Black communities helped shape the area's demographics and individuals like Ella Austin, Artemisia Bowden, and Charlie Bellinger continue to have a lasting influence on San Antonio. 

From early settlement, Reconstruction and the civil rights movement to equity issues existing today – what themes carry through the years for African Americans in San Antonio and what can we learn from this rich history?  

How do we make sure the city's black heritage is remembered with respect and accuracy? 


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TPR's Tricentennial project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.