San Marcos: Calaboose African American History Museum

When soldiers came to town for entertainment and to mingle with locals, they went to racially segregated United Service Organizations (USO) facilities. The USO for African Americans was in a calaboose that was built in 1873 as the first Hays County jail. Military exhibits feature Buffalo Soldiers of the Texas frontier and the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, the nation’s first black military pilots.

Calaboose African American History Museum

  • Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.
  • Admission: None
  • 200 Martin Luther King Dr., San Marcos, TX
  • 512-353-0124