Austin: Clarksville Historic District

The Clarksville historic district is one of Austin’s oldest African American communities and established neighborhoods. A freedman, Charles Clark, settled the area in 1871, having purchased two acres outside Austin specifically for the purpose of forming a district for freedmen. Austin eventually expanded to encompass the neighborhood. The construction of the Mopac Expressway through Clarksville greatly reduced the size of the district, although it has not diminished the enduring sense of community pride. When visiting the area, be sure to stop by the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church at 1725 W. 11th Street.

Clarksville Historic District
  • Bounded by West Lynn, Waterston, West 10th Streets and Mopac Expressway , Austin, TX
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  • National Register of Historic Places