African American Cultural Heritage District Board Forms

African American Cultural Heritage District Board Forms

 

L – R (clockwise) Rev. Freddie Dixon, architect Emily Little, business owner Adrian Neely, attorney James Nortey, museum curator Bernadette Phifer, artist Lisa Byrd.
L – R (clockwise) Rev. Freddie Dixon, architect Emily Little, business owner Adrian Neely, attorney James Nortey, museum curator Bernadette Phifer, artist Lisa Byrd.

Nearly 30 years after the idea first came to light, Austin’s African American cultural heritage district is closer to becoming a reality.  Last week a group of business owners, community leaders and cultural and arts professionals officially established the organization known as the African American Cultural Heritage District (AACHD).

“The organization plans toserve as a catalyst for projects and activities that are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents and small businesses of Central East Austin,” says Adrian Neely, board chair,  “while preserving and protecting the cultural legacy of Austin’s historically Black community.”  

“We appreciate the support of visionaries in the community and staff from the City of Austin, especially Deputy City Manager Michael McDonald,” adds Neely.

In the late 1980s a group of concerned citizens and activists offered a plan for the revitalization of E. 11th and 12th streets that included the creation of a cultural arts center and heritage district.  Since the 80s many other community members have worked to create a community-based economic engine to preserve and protect the vitality of African American culture in Austin. Continue reading “African American Cultural Heritage District Board Forms”