17 thoughts on “Bexar’s Eye: Woman’s Curiosity Uncloaks Forgotten Chapter on Slavery near TAMU–SA

  1. Thank you for reporting on this story. Next year, it high school is adding an African American studies elective, and I’m hopeful that this site full be available soon for my students to take a field trip there. Thank you again!

  2. Maybe the Chili Queens in the Hay Market photo learned to cook chili with Black farm cooks. Have you seen the enlarged photos at the Briscoe of the “the Black Dude?” Clearly our local history has left out the participation of the Black community in our city’s emerging history.

  3. Your description that this is a slave cemetery is incorrect. It is the Mitchell-Mauermann family cemetery. Asa Mitchell, his wife, children and many relatives are buried there. Even has a four person mausoleum that was broken into.

  4. Mr. Fly and his team have given San Antonians a gift in the work he is doing. Thank you for bringing this important history forward!

  5. Thank you JJ for your interest in this story. Accounts indicate that the slaves, and possibly other ranch hands, are buried immediately adjacent to the Mitchell-Mauermann cemetery plot. Future field work will provide physical details.

    The photos in the Briscoe Destinos exhibition include the “Plaza Dude”. We do not know the name name of this particular person. But, we know the names of other Black freight wagon and cart drivers who lived and worked within walking distance of Military Plaza.

    The correct name for the new 502(c)3 organization is as follows:
    San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM)

  6. Martha James went to the right person–Everett Fly. No one in Texas knows more about the Black history of San Antonio.
    I assume Mitchell Lake is named for Mr. Mitchell.
    Ricardo Romo

  7. Coincidentally I just met a Mr. Samuel Webb the other day who gave me a short history of the original black families that lived on the west side by Poplar and Zarzamora St. He told me black families lived EVERYWHERE in the city, not just the east side and that his family was one of the “OG” black families of the west side. It was a joy to hear him out but I wish there was a more concerted effort to document these oral histories of our black community before our elderly forget them or they pass away!

  8. I applaud Mr Fly and his unwavering due diligence in researching the African American presence in San Antonio’s history. It is shameful how this city’s human story has been ignored, compartmentalized, skewed away from certain ethnic and cultural facts , most recently in San Antonio’s 300 year celebration. How can such importance be assigned to material things/structures when first it was the people that made them possible. Thank you Mr. Fly for your truth!!!

  9. I’m interested in leaning more about the history recently unearthed about slaves and African Americans who lived in and around San Antonio, Bexar county and beyond. I was truly touched and inspired after seeing a preview of the movie “African Influence” , 2.0, March 14, 2019. I agree that blacks have lived all over San Antonio and do have I. Thanks Mr Fly, et al. for your hard work. Gaynell Sapenter Gainer, Professor Emeritus, Radiography AAS Degree Prog., St Philip’s College 1970; 50th Reunion coming in 2020.

  10. Excellent information! Martha is a friend of mine and is very passionate about restoring the Mitchell legacy. Everett Fly sounds like an amazing man. And I shared information about a slave cemetery in Center Point, Texas, that I can’t wait until Mr Fly can document that some day.

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