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'A Walk On The River' Documents African American History In San Antonio

Courtesy Melaneyes Media

Historical narratives often overlook the contributions of African Americans. The film “A Walk on the River- A Black History of the Alamo City” chronicles San Antonio's robust black history through interviews with historians, activists and private citizens.

Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. That day was June 19, 1865. Today, the holiday is known and celebrated as Juneteenth.

"A Walk on the River" highlights black communities, churches and businesses in the Alamo City from Juneteenth to present day.

What can we learn from San Antonio's African American history? How did black communites survive during segregation and beyond? How will these stories inform future generations?


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*This interview was recorded on Wenesday, June 19. 


Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.