Texas State Historical Association launches a new “Handbook of African American
Texas” today with the help of UT Arlington History Department chairman W.
Marvin Dulaney, as the nation
remembers Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865.
W. Marvin Dulaney
That’s the day that Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. The
state historical association invited Dulaney, an associate professor of
write the lead essay and other significant portions of the new online handbook.
He authored entries for the organization’s pioneering “Handbook of Texas” 17 years
new handbook is like an online encyclopedia of African Americans in Texas,” Dulaney
said. “There is no other source like it in the state. It is authoritative,
documented and verified with citations. The 850-plus entries are compiled by a
wide range of scholars and graduate students who do research on African-American
history in Texas.”
added: “The handbook will be a great resource for teachers, students and anyone
interested in Texas history.”
Pitre, project director of The Handbook of African American Texas, said
Dulaney’s involvement was key to bringing the project to fruition.
has helped to acknowledge the struggles and accomplishments of blacks in Texas
and the need to preserve this history,” Pitre said.
addition to writing the lead essay, Dulaney authored entries on the world-class
Dallas African American Museum and Julia Scott Reed, the first African-American
columnist for The Dallas Morning News
noteworthy entries include one about Estevanico, a Moor, who was the first
African Texan on record. In 1528, Estevanico accompanied Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez
Cabeza de Vaca to the territory that would become Texas, was
captured by Native Americans and held captive for five years. Zuni Indians killed Estevanico on a second
Dulaney said details such
as these will help people explore myths and misunderstandings about blacks in
timing of the digital history site launch coincides with the day that news of
the end of slavery finally reached Texas – more than two years after the 1863
Emancipation Proclamation. Meanwhile, a quarter million enslaved Africans in
Texas had worked without pay for two seasons, not knowing they had been legally
Wright, dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts, said Dulaney’s contribution to The Handbook
of African American Texas highlights not only his individual expertise but the
commitment by the Department of History and UT Arlington to enriching historical
assets available to the public.
humanities technology enables our scholars to showcase visual as well as textual
information, and they allow our researchers to update information as new
discoveries are made,” Wright said. “I know that this handbook will enlighten
everyone and will be a permanently useful resource.”
described the work as a labor of love and said he hopes people will use the
handbook to learn more about the African American experience in Texas and to see
how essential the stories are to understanding the history of Texas overall.
people think Texas history started with the Alamo and ends with the Dallas
Cowboys,” Dulaney said. “People will be able to search this site and see how
broad Texas history is.”
to learn more about The Handbook of African American Texas.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a
comprehensive research institution of about 33,800 students and more than 2,200
faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to