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Oakwood Chapel exhibit honors many approaches to faith

Monday, September 9, 2019 by Tai Moses

A series of artistic, historical and cultural events held at Oakwood Cemetery Chapel will honor the life and memory of Jacob Fontaine, a formerly enslaved man who was freed at the age of 57 and went on to found six Baptist churches and launch Austin’s first black newspaper. The exhibit, titled “To Believe,” is a collaboration with area interfaith groups and East Austin community leaders and uses music, video, photography, digital story maps, panel talks and performance to document Fontaine’s influence in Austin and different approaches to faith. The exhibit also aligns with an exhibition at the George Washington Carver Museum called “The African American Presence in 19th Century Texas,” which opens in October. “To Believe” opens Sept. 21, 2-5 p.m., with a reception featuring Austin musician W.C. Clark. The full list of events can be found here.

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