Black History Month Celebration – The Remarkable Life of Newton Collins

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

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Date(s) - 02/24/2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Austin History Center, Reception Room/Holt Gallery

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Join us for a panel discussion celebrating the remarkable life of Newton Collins, his impact on the Pilot Knob community, and the naming ceremony of a school in the Del Valle School District in his honor.
Newton Collins was the son of an enslaved woman of African descent and a slave owner. When his father passed away, Collins moved to Texas and purchased 100 acres of land in East Austin. Soon after purchasing this land as a free person, he was enslaved again. While enslaved, he apprenticed and practiced carpentry as a trade. When he was able to purchase his freedom, he bought 500 miles of land in Pilot Knob, where he built a cemetery, church and school.  This event is free and open to the public.
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