Confronting Racism Toolkit

EXPLORE

Explore important Georgetown historical and cultural sites

Citizens Memorial Garden Cemetery. Visiting the link to the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department’s page provides some detail about a 2013 study that revealed the locations of at least 511 unmarked graves at the cemetery. The Williamson County Historical Commission marker page also provides information.

Jessie Daniel Ames historical marker

Marshall-Carver High School historical marker 

“Preserving History” mural by Norma Clark and Devon Clarkson 

Rocky Hollow Cemetery historical marker

Shotgun House 

Wesley Chapel A.M.E. historical marker

Explore local history online

The Federal Writers’ Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 16, Texas is part of Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938. Andy Andersons narrative talks about growing up in slavery in Williamson County.

Oral Histories: Memories of Marshall-Carver School and Desegregation in Georgetown can be found on Georgetown Public Librarys Local History page.

Jessie Daniel Ames UNC Archival Collection: a large portion of the anti-lynching activists collection is digitized and it mostly has to do with the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, which Ames organized as a volunteer movement within the Commission on Interracial Cooperation after 1929.

Farney, Marsha. Promoting the Progress of Education: the History of Georgetown Public Schools, 1850-1966. Marsha Farneys dissertation on GISD schools contains a lot of information about Marshall-Carver and the Mexican school, including highlighting disparities in equity: teacher pay gaps, student to teacher ratios, etc. It includes citations to the Williamson County Sun and to GISD school board minutes, as well.

The Sam Houston State University Lynchings in Texas project lists lynchings in Hutto, Taylor and Round Rock.

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project highlights Rocky Hollow, which was off Williams Drive, and was the closest Freedom Colony to Georgetown.

READ & WATCH

Visit the Georgetown Public Librarys Texas History Room for books about local history

Allen, Martha Mitten, ed. Georgetowns Yesteryears (Volume II includes an entire section on growing up in segregated Georgetown; GTN R 976.4289 GEOR)

Allen, Martha Mitten. The Gracious Gift: the Negro Fine Arts School, 1946-66: easing the transition from segregation to integration (GTN R 379.263 ALLE)

Cald­well, Clif­ford R. Eternity at the End of a Rope: Ex­e­cu­tion­s, ­Lynch­ings and Vig­i­lante Jus­tice in Tex­as­, 1819-1923 (HRC 364.6609 CALD)

Stratton, Brad, project coord., Christy Friend, chief editor, Birdie Shanklin, Ethel Moore, and Martha Tanksley contributing eds. Histories of Pride: Thirteen Pioneers Who Shaped Georgetown’s African American Community (GTN R 305.896 HIST)

Utley, Dan K. Jessie Daniel Ames, 1883-1972 (GTN R 923.6764 UTLE)

Los Unidos Club, Brad Stratton, project coord., Linda Miranda Cisneros and Angelita Torres Roblez, historical researchers, Christy Friend, ed.. Recuerdos Mexicanos: a History of Hispanic Culture in Georgetown, Texas (GTN R 305.868 RECU)

Take home some other books or films on the topic of racism–the librarians at the Georgetown Public Library have compiled lists of relevant library materials that can be checked out

Adult Anti-Racism Reading List

Adult Anti-Racism Watch List

Kids Anti-Racism Reading List

Teen Black Lives Matter Reading List

Take the Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge, which gives participants a structure in which they can take one action to further their understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity every day for 21 days

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge (Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.)

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge (Debby Irving)

21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge (YWCA of Greater Cleveland)

Take an implicit bias test online

Harvard Implicit Association Test 

TALK

Start a conversation, book discussion, or movie viewing with your neighborhood, club, faith-based organization, or friends–if youd like to spend more time talking with others about these three books, here are discussion questions to help you get started

How to Be an Antiracist Book Club Kit

The Hate U Give discussion guide

Teaching New Kid

Coretta Scott King Book Awards 2020 Discussion Guide (includes New Kid)

Here are some general book discussion guidelines from the Cooperative Childrens Book Center

Talk with your children

Explore How to Engage in Anti-Racism Work: 70+ Resources for Teens 

Explore “Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children”

CONNECT

Support local businesses owned by minority members

Join Courageous Conversations GTX on Facebook to learn about forums, equity in education, and more

Connect with the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association

Volunteer with a local agency that works to create social justice and equity, such as the Southeast Georgetown Community Council

Walk with others in the January MLK Day march; attend an African American History Month event; or a Juneteenth function

Attend a workshop to further your understanding such as a One Human Race Workshop

Learn about organizations whose focus is increasing minority voting or other rights, such as:

Vote Forward, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote

JOLT Texas, which encourages voter engagement among Latinos