The Soul of Port Arthur: African-American tour

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The Soul of Port Arthur

Black History Month calls for celebration of Port Arthur’s diverse heritage. Our “City by the Sea” reflects pride in community, music, food and faith.

Pride that Matters

Port Arthur’s West Side story, Juneteenth, murals, trill vibes and more are featured on Soul of Port Arthur, the African-American tour of Port Arthur. Play at Barbara Jacket Park, honor a veteran and humanitarian, learn about Kwanzaa and worship at historical churches. Be sure to tune into Stephen A. Mosely on The Breeze Radio, KSAP – 96.9 FM/LP.

Middle Passage

The Sabine River and Sabine Lake regions where captive African children, women and men first disembarked after the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean is known as the Middle Passage.  In early December, Port Arthur will unveil a marker to reflect this. This marker will join the the only other Texas marker of this type in Galveston.

The African American Cultural Society will present three days of Middle Passage Port Marker Ceremonies in December of 2023:
* Dec. 1 – 2-4 p.m. – reception meet and greet, The Press Building, 548 Fourth Street, Port Arthur, Texas
* Dec. 2 – 10:30 a.m. – Port Marker Unveiling, “Popeye” Holmes Park, 549 Fourth Street, Port Arthur, Texas
* Dec. 3 – 11 a.m. – Israel Chapel AME Church, Freeman Ave., Port Arthur, TexasFor more information, call Gail Pellum at (409) 332-1709.

Let’s go!

Museum of the Gulf Coast is a motivational first stop. Learn about the over-the-shoulder washboard, designed here in Port Arthur. Hear some musical greats from Zydeco’s Clifton Chenier to blues diva Barbara Lynn and rapper Bun B.¬†Displays tell stories of nationally-known athletes and performers.

Historically Inspiring

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African American Heritage Tour

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