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Six Square | Austin's Black Cultural District

Austin's Negro League and Its Historic Playing Fields

Austin's Negro League helped bring the Six Square neighborhood on Austin's Eastside together during one of the most difficult times in history, segregation. Explore the history by visiting LC Anderson, Austin's only black high school during the early to mid-1900s; Huston-Tillotson University where Karl Downs influenced men and women, reshaping history; and beautifully restored Downs Field, where the community came together to remember "The Greats" with a unique art project involving the entire community.​​

  • 1.

    LC Anderson High School

    LC Anderson High School

    Austin's first African American school closes during desegregation.

  • 2.

    Downs Field Murals

    Downs Field Murals

    The community comes together to remember some of its greatest athletes through art.

  • 3.

    Disch Field and Willie Wells Field

    Disch Field and Willie Wells Field

    Honoring one of the best short stops in baseball history.

  • 4.

    Downs-Mabson Field

    Downs-Mabson Field

    Some of the most influential men in the Negro League played baseball at Downs-Mabson Field.

  • 5.

    Huston-Tillotson University

    Huston-Tillotson University

    Austin's first institution for higher learning paves the way for some of the Negro League's greatest men.

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