The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center will present the works of two multidisciplinary Austin based artists —Graylin Anderson and Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (AKIRASH). Graylin Anderson’s, Perseverance: Works Inspired by the Word  and AKIRASH’s installation Majele (Venomous) will be on view from January 23, 2020 to June 27, 2020.


Perseverance: Works Inspired by the Word  Graylin Anderson

Exhibition Title: Perserverance: Works Inspired by the Word 

Artist: Graylin Anderson

Exhibition Dates: January 23, 2020 - June 27, 2020

Description: Featuring figurative works on paper and wood, Perseverance explores historical narratives of spirituality and resistance.

New Orleans-born Graylin Anderson began producing art in the late 1980s while serving in various branches of the United States Armed Forces. Before moving to Austin, Texas in 2002, Anderson’s work was exhibited in art galleries and museums in Georgia, including the Savannah Art Association Gallery and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. In recent years, Anderson’s works have been exhibited in Austin’s Black owned art spaces like Mitchie’s Gallery, founded by the late community leader Joyce Adejumo. 


Majele (Venomous) an Installation by AKIRASH

Exhibition Title: Majele (Venemous)


Exhibition Dates: January 23, 2020 - June 27, 2020

Description:Impacted by the forced separation of children from their parents at the U.S. Mexico border, Majele (Venomous) asks us to reckon with this dark moment in time. How can we heal the wounds, drain the venom, and live together in mutual respect and dignity. 

Olaniyi is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including the Innovative Artist Award from the Mid America Artist Alliance (MAAA / NEA), Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, Santo Foundation and Commonwealth Connection Award UK.

Images from the Juneteenth Gallery, the core exhibit of the Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center


A celebration of freedom, the Carver's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth. We are proud to be the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring this Texas-born day of jubilee. Through a combination of visual and interactive activities, every day is Juneteenth at the Carver Museum!

Image from the Black Pioneer Families of Austin Exhibit in the Carver's Main Gallery Space.  Image includes the Kinchion Families section of the exhibition.


Our permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families highlights 10 families who have contributed greatly to the Central Texas landscape. From the area’s first black settlements to some of this generation’s strongest community leaders, this interactive gallery explores the history of Austin’s African-American community and allows guests to present their own family stories for all to see.

Images from Let's Pretend Dr. Carver! Children's Gallery.  Image features section on George Washington Carver as well as lab coats that young patrons can try on to be scientists like Dr. Carver.


The Children’s Gallery, entitled Let’s Pretend Dr. Carver!, is a hands-on look at famous African-American scientists and inventors. Children can  learn about some of history’s most creative minds while seeing that they, too, can achieve great things when they put their own minds to work. We invite all visitors to become an inventor for a day!



Our newest permanent exhibit honors Old L.C. Anderson High School and her alumnae. Anderson High School was the school that African Americans went to prior to integration in the Austin Community. This exhibit spotlights the prestige and accomplishments of the student body in sports, music, and academia through artifacts, oral histories, and yearbook imagery.

Image: Photo of iron sculpture of Mother Figure with arms raised from Juneteenth Memorial Monument


Freedom Plaza is home to the Juneteenth Memorial Sculpture Monument (which opened to the public on June 27, 2015).  It is made up of 5 bronze figures that represent the story of Juneteenth and a paved timeline of the Black Presence in the Americas—from the Middle Passage to the Emancipation Proclamation that leads to the Bell of Freedom. The Juneteenth Sculptures were created by Eddie Dixon and Austin native, Adrienne Rison Isom.