D-Day News Comes to Texas
Contemporary Texas History is proud to present, "D-Day News Comes to Texas," our latest special project. This interactive project features a narrative history of June 6, 1944 in Texas, a front pages of Texas newspapers from that day, and a map of documented D-Day observances in Texas.
Etta Moten Barnett
Learn about Etta Moten Barnett, born in Colorado County, Texas, and the first African American Woman to sing solo in the White House and the first woman to appear in a major motion picture in a role other than that of a domestic servant. Read Etta Moten Barnett: The Remarkable Story of a Woman from Weimar.
Hazel Allred Stokes and the Accident That Changed Texas Traffic Safety Laws
When the governor's sister had an accident because a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, the consequences stretched farther than one might think. Read more about it here.
Sadie Patillo: Little Known Desegregation Pioneer
Today, Sadie Patillo is all but forgotten. However, she was the first woman of color in Texas to win any kind of desegregation action before a state court in Texas. Learn the story of how her case invalidated bus segregation--at least, temporarily--in Texas in the early 1930s. Read Sadie's story here.