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New African-American Center Opens Today

City of Austin

Today is the grand opening of Austin’s new African-American Cultural and Heritage Facility. The center is housed in a historic structure at 912 East 11th Street. The Dedrick-Hamilton house was home to the family of one of the first freed slaves in Travis County.

The center was paid for with $1.5 million from the 2006 city bond, along with about $3 million in federal grants, according to the city.

The facility will host programming for arts, culture and entertainment. It will also house the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce, which provides services that focus on supporting African American businesses.

Today’s opening ceremony is at 1:30. The event is outdoors and parking is limited.

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