MEDIA RELEASE – LOST TEXAS ROADS

For Immediate Release Contact: Allen Kosub
Thursday, February 26, 2014  
   


Media Release: Texas Historians Celebrate Black History Month.

Visitors to LostTexasRoads.com can discover stories of the African American experience in Bexar County east of San Antonio.

 

San Antonio, TX – Today, Texas historians Allen and Regina Kosub launched the largest addition to date to the Lost Texas Roads website [http://www.losttexasroads.com].The February dispatch celebrates Black History Month with the release of ten new articles.

 

“Countless men and women seeking dreams of freedom and opportunity have traveled the lost Texas roads. One group came to Texas bound with the chains of slavery.” said Allen Kosub.  “Many of the slaves who were brought to the Cibolo were the antecedents of African-Americans who live or have lived in Bexar County. Through the window of old Bexar County east of San Antonio, Lost Texas Roads relates the tales of a unique place where plantation slavery faced a new set of realities in the 1850s and began to fail even before our great Civil War.”  

 

The subjects include the arrival of plantation slavery to the Cibolo. The fears of the plantation owners and their resulting demands are revealed in articles about San Antonio’s Slave Ordinances and Bexar County’s Slave Patrols. A brief article Lucy and the Indians on the Elam Plantation describes life on the Cibolo and an encounter between an African slave and Native Americans on a Cibolo plantation.

 

The article Freedmen – Black and White reveals a unique alliance, based on common interests, between African Freedmen and Polish Silesians in the east Bexar County village of St. Hedwig during the era of Reconstruction violence.


Born Into Slavery are the stories of former slaves Felix Haywood and William Green told in their own words. The Stevenson Legacy tells the story of the grandchildren of former slaves, Annie and Ed Stevenson of East Bexar County, who include acclaimed educators and a Tuskegee airman.

 

Lost Texas Roads is a free online tool that is intended to be a resource for individuals who have an interest in the history of old Bexar County and the area east of San Antonio.  This includes East Bexar County, Wilson County, parts of Guadalupe and Karnes Counties.

 

LostTexasRoads.com is a resource for individuals and communities looking for their place in history. In addition to an archive of articles of local history, researchers will find maps, photos, and information on historical cattle brands on the website. Lost Texas Roads is available at no cost to the public, and visitors have the option to subscribe to the site so that they may be notified as new material is added.

 

 

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