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!
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.
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!
L.C. ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
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.
HOPE & GLORY: FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Renowned African American sculptor Tina Allen creates portraits of iconic African Americans connected to life, liberty, and the pursuit of the American dream. Her bust of Frederick Douglass is featured along with an image of the Emancipation Proclamation, authored by President Abraham Lincoln, that freed bondsmen, women, and children in states actively rebelling against the union. Video interviews by national media with Ms. Allen regarding her work are also featured in exhibition.
This exhibition is on loan to the Carver Museum courtesy of the Berri T. McBride Family Trust.