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CHC Symposium Focuses On African-American Heritage And Communities

February 16, 2018 – February 17, 2018 all-day
Texas A&M University

COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 7, 2018 — Preservation of Texas’ historic African-American communities, and repositories of black heritage and culture that are increasingly imperiled by natural and economic threats are the focus of the Feb. 16-17 Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s 19th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium at Texas A&M University.

Registration for the event, “Preserving African-American History in Texas,” and a complete agenda are available online.

“Many historically significant African-American communities are at risk because they are located in areas susceptible to flooding, chronic disinvestment and gentrification,” said Andrea Roberts, a symposium lecturer and Texas A&M assistant professor of urban planning who is creating a statewide black settlement inventory.

The keynote address, “African-American History in Texas : Context for Preserving and Conserving Culture and Place,” is being delivered by Everett Fly, a San Antonio architect nationally recognized for his leadership in preserving the integrity of African-American structures and history. The address is open to the public, Friday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., in Room 100 of the Texas A&M Chemistry Building at 580 Ross Street.

A roundtable discussion, “The Brazos Valley Manifesto: What’s Next for Preservation of African-American Places in Texas?” is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 3:20 p.m., in Geren Auditorium in Langford Building B in the College of Architecture.

Symposium speakers will discuss why preserving these communities requires a “full court press” — an interdisciplinary approach that addresses historic sites and buildings, and promotes their sustainable development, equity and resilience.

None of these issues can be discussed in isolation if African-American communities in Texas are to survive and thrive, said Roberts.

“Speakers will also address fundamental issues of why we preserve, what we preserve, and the best ways to do that both now and in the future,” said Kevin Glowacki, interim director of the CHC. “The symposium, showcasing several CHC faculty fellows’ research and teaching projects, is the start of a much larger conversation about the entire state’s history and heritage.”

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