Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents


The Texas Historical Commission on Friday designated a historical marker for the Wood Street Settlement in downtown Austin.

The designation, part of the commission’s Undertold Markers Program, aims to address historical gaps and document underrepresented people and untold stories.

The Wood Street Settlement, near the west bank of Shoal Creek, was once home to a distinct enclave of African Americans who were freed after the Civil War and later Mexican-American residents who helped shape Austin history.

“Many times when we think of these historic markers, we think of them commemorating large mansions, estates and places occupied by people of major historical significance,” said Joe Ramirez of the Travis County Historical Commission. “But we also have to think of the undertold stories of people from more humble means whose contributions have also had impacts on the development of local communities.”

To learn more about the history of the Shoal Creek Settlement, vist MyStatesman.com.



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