A New Republic
The Texas Revolution resulted in victory over Mexico and the beginning of a new Texas government.
The exhibit will explore the challenges met by Texas to form its new nation.
The new republic accumulated large debt from the war. The differing ideologies of its leaders would significantly impact Texas' progress during its time as a republic.
This exhibit will follow the rapid and robust legislation applied to the free Black population of Texas, vastly limiting their rights and freedoms.
The White slaveholding population feared the free Blacks would serve as a threat to those held in slavery.
Blacks, including those who served in the Texas Revolution, could not be citizens of the new republic unless the government explicitly granted them permission.
Their land ownership rights, freedom to move about, serve as witnesses in court, and sue were all restricted.
This exhibit will document this increasingly restrictive and oppressive atmosphere for Blacks, both free and enslaved.