Bastrop: Kerr Community Center

Constructed in 1914 by Beverly and Lula Kerr and restored in 2008, the Kerr Community Center provided a haven for African American social activities, meetings, and other functions in the days of segregation—as well as a performance spot for musicians and a U.S.O. for African American soldiers from nearby Camp Swift. Several prominent black entertainers performed at the center, including the “Grey Ghost,” blues pianist Roosevelt Williams. The Kerrs were music teachers and prominent members of the African American community in Bastrop.

Kerr Community Center

  • Hours: Center is open for special events. Adjacent park is open daylight hours.
  • 1308 Walnut Street, Bastrop, TX
  • 512-303-0904
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  • National Register of Historic Places