Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Texas State Library's "Forever Free"
Greeting Reconstruction Researchers:
Texas State Library presents a fascinating history of the Reconstruction years. The on line exhibition was inspired by the research of Dr. J. Mason Brewer.
Its opening description explains:
"Much of the information featured in this exhibit most certainly would not have been available if it were not for research performed almost 70 years ago by Dr. J. Mason Brewer—folklorist, poet, historian, scholar, and educator—the African-American pioneer of research on Texas’s early African-American politicians. In 1935, Dr. Brewer wrote the book Negro Legislators of Texas. For two years, he probed archives and conducted personal interviews with any descendants who could be found. He aspired to record an accurate account of the contributions these forgotten men had made to the State of Texas during a perilous period in history. Since Brewer’s publication, other books and articles have been written in relation to and including this subject. His niece, Minnie M. Miles, co-wrote this exhibit. Her background in museums and her interest in history proved invaluable in telling this important story."
Enjoy the history of Texas.
K Wyer Lane