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Bexar County Slave Patrols

Bexar County Slave patrols had the power to enter property and search without a warrant, arrest and punish slaves with lashes. They were empowered to arrest whites they believed associated with, assisted or incited slaves. The members of the slave patrols were entitled to full shares of rewards paid by slaveholders for the return of their slaves.

Born in Slavery: Felix Haywood

Born a slave in St. Hedwig, Texas, Felix Haywood's 1937 interview sheds light on the westernmost reach of the peculiar institution.

Born in Slavery: Rev. William Green

 Born In Slavery: Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project 1936-1938 From the Library of Congress CAUTION TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS: The information in this 1937 narrative has been reprinted...

Declaration of Secession

On February 1, 1861, a state convention voted to secede, making Texas the seventh state to...

Freedmen – Black and White

Confederate newspapers in San Antonio wrote that “open graves” awaited them upon their return. . .

Runaways – San Antonio

In Bexar County, slave owners and the ordinances used to support their interests created a precarious...

San Antonio Slave Ordinance

During the 1850s, plantation owners brought their slaves to East Bexar County. To protect their ownership of these slaves and themselves from slave revolt...

The Stevenson Legacy – The Grandchildren of Former Slaves

On rare occasion an historic figure comes forward and tells their story. In December 2003, on a bright and warm winter day, we encountered...