Make a Donation to Preservation Texas

Your support makes preservation possible!

Preservation Texas welcomes your charitable donation in support of specific programs and projects. Click the donate button below and you will be given the option of where to direct your donation.

Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grants Fund — This fund provides grants to endangered rural historic places associated with African-American freedom colonies, such as the Ethiopian Star Lodge Hall at Dabney Hill Freedom Colony in Burleson County. This fund has been established with an award of $750,000 by the National Park Service.

Ethiopian Star Lodge Hall at Dabney Hill Freedom Colony, Burleson County

Bassett Homestead Fund — This fund supports the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Bassett Homestead at Bassett Farms Conservancy, including the 1871 Bassett House, dairy, cottonseed shed, bunkhouse, and pole barn.  We are grateful to the Union Pacific Foundation for their support for the restoration of our very rare cottonseed shed, built about 1890.

Students from The University of Texas School of Architecture visited the Bassett House.

Hopewell Cemetery Fund — This fund is making it possible to clean, document, and restore Hopewell Cemetery, established in the early 1880s for the African-American Hopewell Freedom Colony at our Bassett Farms Conservancy.  Hopewell Cemetery is the final resting place for over 100 men, women, and children who lived and worked at Hopewell. We are grateful for the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Summerlee Foundation for their generous grants.

Grave marker for Rev. Henry Jefferson, founder of the Hopewell Freedom Colony.

Old First Baptist Church (San Marcos) Fund — This fund supports efforts to rehabilitate a major African-American landmark in Central Texas: the old First Baptist Church, constructed in 1908 for a congregation founded in 1866.  This large, frame structure is currently being assessed by engineers and architects through a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Aerial view of Old First Baptist Church, San Marcos, at the corner of MLK and Comanche Streets.

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