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African American Women’s Resistance to Violence During Reconstruction

Presentation by Rebecca Czuchry
Mar. 25, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

Join us for the story of African American women fighting for their rights and dignity in the aftermath of emancipation. Contrary to the myth of Reconstruction as the age of scalawags and carpetbaggers and uneducated former slaves riding roughshod over whites, the period was one of unrelenting violence perpetrated by whites against the formerly enslaved. Particularly brutal was the treatment of Afro Texan women and children who found very limited safety in the Freedmen’s Bureau and the U.S. Army. But African American women resisted violence, protected their families and asserted their freedom even in the face of formidable odds.

About the Presenter:
Dr. Rebecca Czuchry is an Associate Professor of History at Austin Community College and previously served as the Director of African American Studies at Texas Lutheran University where she also taught history and did her turn as chair of the department of history.

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Previous Episodes

Jack Johnson


Episode 4

Historian Sam Collins brings us a more intimate look at the first African American heavyweight champion. Born in Galveston to parents who had endured slavery and growing up in poverty, including having the family home destroyed in the Great Storm of 1900, the tough Galveston Giant wasn’t always the fighter that we know him to be. Joining Sam Collins is Johnson’s great-great niece, Linda Haywood, who will not only uncover personal stories of the challenges he faced in his life but also recount how she fought to get her uncle finally pardoned in 2018.

Henrietta Wood


Episode 3

This 3rd episode of Hidden History featuring W. Caleb McDaniel, Professor and Chair of History at Rice University. McDaniel’s lecture, “Doom and Dawn: A True Story of Slavery in Civil War Texas” covers the story of Henrietta Wood.

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Jessie McGuire Dent

Episode 2

Learn about an African American Trailblazer, who, in June 1943, won a lawsuit against the Galveston School Board of Trustees to end the practice of unequal pay for teachers based on their race. Jessie McGuire Dent also co-founded one of the first sororities for African-American women – Delta Sigma Theta.


John Rufus Gibson

Episode 1

Historian Sam Collins, III shares the life of John Rufus Gibson, a name everyone should know. Gibson dedicated his life to the education of youth on Galveston island. His career spanned over 50 years and the impact of his influence is still being felt today. The inspiring story of this man and his family have been hidden for years. It is time to reveal it and celebrate it!



Juneteenth and Ted Ellis Painting “Free at Last”.

Historian Sam Collins, III examines the history of Juneteenth and speaks to the painting of Ted Ellis.

About the Presenter

Historian Samuel Collins, III, is a founding member of The Bryan Museum’s Delegados Advocate Board, which was formed in 2017. Sam serves on several other boards including National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rosenberg Library Trustee, and the Ruby Bridges Foundation (National Board). Sam’s past board service includes Galveston Historical Foundation, Old Central Cultural Center, NIA Cultural Center, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Economic Development Partnership, Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review, and Texas A & M University Letterman’s association.