Experience the legacy and faith of Reverend Jacob Fontaine at East Austin Studio Tour events
Baptism in the Colorado River near Austin, TX, July 1938, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, PICT 30406Oakwood Chapel presents “To Believe,” an exhibit with events held in the Chapel through Dec. 20, 2019.
In collaboration with interfaith groups and East Austin community leaders, To Believe visits many approaches to faith and belief in contemporary and historic East Austin through video, photography, digital maps, and performance. A digital StoryMap of historic and present-day East Austin churches documents Jacob Fontaine’s influence in Austin.
Fontaine, freed from slavery at age 57, founded six Baptist churches, married 111 couples, and published Austin’s first black newspaper.
This exhibit is a collaboration between Reverend Daryl Horton, architect Ben Heimsath and Interfaith Action of Central Texas, among others. To Believe aligns with The African American Presence in 19th Century Texas, an exhibition of the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center opening in October 2019.
Events at Oakwood Chapel
Nov. 16-17 & 23-24, Noon – 6 p.m.
East Austin Studio Tour
Visit the chapel and see works by featured artists Liz Moskowitz, photographer, and videographer Amaz1n Entertainment.
Nov. 16, Noon
Reverend Daryl Horton of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ben Heimsath of Heimsath Architects and Collin Hardeman of Amaz1n Entertainment will participate in a panel discussion to prompt community conversation about belief.
Nov. 16, 1 p.m.
Following the panel talk, the Church of Christ at East Side choir will perform.
Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m.
To Believe Screening
Screening debut of To Believe, created by Amaz1n Entertainment. The video captures faith practices at the King-Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson University, Rehoboth Baptist Church, Eastside Community Church and Church of Christ at East Side. Watch the trailer.
Nov. 21, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Marking History/Making Art Panel Discussion
A panel produced by Big Medium, Preservation Austin and Sightlines; featuring Carre Adams, Carver Museum; Jennifer Chenoweth, Oakwood Cemetery; and Krissie Marty, Forklift Danceworks; Moderator: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Sightlines.
To Believe Sponsors
To Believe content producers and sponsors include Interfaith Action of Central Texas, Preservation Austin, Heimsath Architects, Austin Foundation for Architecture, Adisa Communications, Big Medium and Sightlines.
About Oakwood Chapel
Through historical tours, exhibits, events and memorial services, the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel provides a place to connect, heal and reflect, that is open to all.
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