Mount Zion Methodist Church (Photo courtesy of the Brenham Heritage Museum)

The Brenham Heritage Museum invites the public to attend the opening of their new Freedom Colonies exhibit this Saturday at the Bus Depot Gallery.

The exhibit entitled “Freedom Colonies: Tracing Historic Black Settlements of Washington County” explores the stories of former slaves and descendants who established entire local communities following their Emancipation.

Little is known about much of the African-American experience in those post-Civil War years, and museum officials say that they look forward to introducing that history to a new audience.

The Gallery, which is located at 313 East Alamo Street, opens every Saturday from 10am-4pm. Other visitation times are available by appointment.

The Freedom Colonies Exhibit runs through March 26.

In conjunction with the exhibit will be the first installment of the Seth McMeans Lecture Series on Monday, February 28, at noon in the Bus Depot Gallery.

The guest speaker is Dr. Andrea Roberts of Texas A&M University. She will explore a half dozen of the largest Freedom Colonies in Washington County.

Dr. Roberts will provide both overall background and specifics about the local communities.

The Seth McMeans Lecture Series is free to all Brenham Heritage Museum members and only $5 for non-members.

For more information, visit their website at www.brenhamheritagemuseum.org.

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