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The Ground on Which I Stand: Tamina, A Freedmen’s Town

The Ground on Which I Stand: Tamina, A Freedmen’s Town

Tamina is one of the few remaining emancipation communities in the United States, thought to be the oldest freedmen’s town in Texas. Some of the few freed slaves who had the funds to buy their own land created this community in 1871, building their own churches schools, businesses, tilling their land, and working in the flourishing lumber industry. Their stories tell of a deep-rooted kinship with one another, with their values resting on family and community. Regardless of the challenges these people have faced, their faith, gratitude, and humor always thread their tales.

 

The portrait, “Johnny” (the image of the man in the plaid coat) is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery through January 2017.