Building the African-American Community

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Building the African-American Community

Building the African-American Community is a collection of photographs and texts largely from the Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving Austin’s African-American cultural history. The museum was named for Jacob Fontaine, who was born a slave in 1808 and served the community as a minister. He established several churches, a newspaper (the Gold Dollar), taught school, and established a grocery store and laundry. The collection includes photographs of church parishioners, families, students, weddings, church groups, and more from Austin’s African-American community.