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Past Exhibits

The Upshaws of County Line

March 11 - April 30, 2017: As newly emancipated slaves, Guss, Felix and Jim Upshaw founded the settlement of County Line in East Texas. Generations later, descendants of the Upshaws still live in County Line. Photographer Richard Orton of Nacogdoches has photographed family members over the course of 25 years.


About the Exhibit:

The Upshaws of County Line

March 11, 2017 - April 30, 2017

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will open a new exhibit following descendants of emancipated slaves through 25 years of life in County Line, an East Texas Freedom Colony. Following emancipation, communities of former slaves began to spring up across the South. Guss, Felix and Jim Upshaw founded the Freedom Colony known as County Line, where they and other newly freed peoples carved out new lives and raised families amidst an ever-evolving society.

Photographer Richard Orton of Nacogdoches, Texas, documented descendants of County Line’s original pioneers, still living in the town these many generations later. The exhibit includes 30 images, conveying the contemporary experience of life in a freedom colony. The exhibit is made possible through a partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Art Galleries.



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