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Notable names in Black Austin history

Austin Parks & Recreation invites you to expand your knowledge of the notable people in Black Austin history. Look for QR codes in and around our historic cemeteries to learn more!

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By City of Austin Parks and Recreation

Ernie Mae Crafton at the piano

Ernest “Ernie” Mae Crafton Ernest Miller (1927–2010)

Dr. Everett Givens: Photo Courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Dr. Everett Givens (1888–1962)

Willie Mae Kirk: Photo Courtesy King Tears Mortuary

Willie Mae Kirk (1921-2013)

Willie Mae Kirk headstone: Photo Courtesy King Tears Mortuary

Visit us in person and look for signs near notable burials at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery, and Evergreen Cemetery. Scan the QR code with the camera on your smart phone to learn about even more remarkable Austinites and their extraordinary lives.