This museum sits a stone’s throw from the original site of Kendleton, a freedmen’s town founded shortly after the Civil War on the banks of the San Bernard River. The museum’s permanent exhibits depict the lifestyles of African American settlers and residents from 1865–1965. Rotating displays focus on topics of interest like African American politics and church history (Barbara Jordan’s father was a minister in one of the local churches). Of particular interest is the museum’s genealogy corner, where volunteers assist individuals on researching family history.
Bates Allen Park, where the museum is located, features a variety of other recreational opportunities and amenities. There are two cemetery sites along the river, where Benjamin Franklin Williams rests, a former slave who rose to prominence as a preacher, community activist and Texas legislator before settling in the area and accepting an appointment as Kendleton’s first postmaster.
Fort Bend County Heritage Unlimited Museum