East Texas Research Center

Gary Borders

I wrote a few months back about getting rid of stuff so that my daughters or wife do not have to go through the arduous task of doing so after I’m gone. Both my wife and I had to help dispose of our parents’ possessions after their deaths. I had to do it twice: the first time after moving them into assisted living, and again with what remained after they passed. Even after the family gathered what photos, artwork and memorabilia we wanted, there were a couple boxes left of photo albums. They remain in a storage unit.

Texas Runaway Slave Project

Stephen F. Austin State University will showcase faculty research, scholarship and artistry Thursday at its daylong Bright Ideas Conference. More than 90 poster presentations will be on display, including the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

Kyle Ainsworth, special collections librarian at SFA’s East Texas Research Center, has combed through Texas newspapers compiling hundreds of advertisements and announcements about runaway slaves between the 1830s and 1860s. The project is in a searchable database.