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Black History Month Film Festival

1:00p Tue, February 01, 2022 to 12:00a Mon, February 28, 2022

YouTube: Texas Parks & Wildlife Education

Join us this month as we tell the stories of African-Americans who contributed to the creation and history of our state parks. Their stories are part of OUR story.

Join us at 1 p.m. on these days to see the videos as we post them on our Texas Parks & Wildlife Education YouTube channel. If you miss one, look for it on our Cultural Contributions playlist.

Tuesday, Feb. 1:

Buescher SP | Early Black Enrollees in the CCC
From 1933 to 1935, young men joined Civilian Conservation Corps companies to learn job skills and earn money for their families, while doing natural resource work across Texas. Find out what that experience was like for Black enrollees in integrated companies, and why their experiences changed after 1935.

Tuesday, Feb 8:

McKinney Falls SP | Visible Reminders: Honoring Black Communities
Take a look back in time at the origins of McKinney Falls State Park. Hear the stories of enslaved people who left valuable impacts on this land, including the Homestead and other structures throughout the park. They stand not to honor slavery, but to remind us of the sacrifices Black people unwillingly made to survive here, and their legacy of perseverance. This film highlights their efforts, and those of Black tenant farmer and sharecropper families who lived and labored on this land for generations. 

Tuesday, Feb. 15: 

Huntsville SP | The Black Veterans of CCC Company 1823CV
To truly appreciate the accomplishments of this CCC company, you must understand the struggles they had to overcome. They faced segregation and their abilities were underestimated. Yet they persevered and built the foundation of Huntsville State Park for a community that welcomed them.

Tuesday, Feb. 22:

Buffalo Soldiers | Sgt. Stance’s Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor was presented to 417 soldiers who fought in the Indian Wars between 1865 and 1899. Eighteen of those men were Buffalo Soldiers of African-American descent.  Learn about one of those honorees, Sgt. Emanuel Stance, and how he became the first Buffalo Soldier to receive this honor.