Join us on Saturday, September 29, for a celebration of the anniversary of Booker T. Washington's speech in Wooldrich Square. It has been 107 years since Washington, the famed African-American educator and leader, visited Austin. After the Texas legislature denied Washington's request to speak at the capitol, Mayor A.P. Wooldridge stepped forward and invited him to come speak at Wooldridge Square instead. That day, Washington spoke to St. John's Orphan Home, Tillotson College, Samuel Houston College and a crowd of 5000 people gathered the The Square.
This event will include speeches by local civic, university, and political leaders about the impact of Booker T. Washington on Austin. Tours of the square and discussion of the its history will be lead by Austin interpretive planner Ted Lee Eubanks. The event will close with refreshments at the Austin History Center.
We hope to see you Saturday, September 29, as we tell Our Austin Story and begin to restore Austin's lost histories at Wooldridge Square!