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Black History Month Walking Tour

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hey Walksters!

I’m excited about our first walk of 2024!

We will be partnering with the Oral History Institute at Baylor University for the Third Annual Black History Month Walking Tour.

I love this event because the Oral History folks do such a fantastic job updating it each year to include new and different information about the history of Waco with a special emphasis of the contributions and experiences of African-American residents.  My favorite part of the walk last year was listening to a recording of Oscar DuConge, Waco’s first African-American mayor, while standing outside of the City Hall building where he served.  I’m sure this year’s walk will be just as informative and inspiring as our two previous walks!  I hope you will come walk with us!

We have some great walks planned for the rest of the spring as well.  We are still finalizing details, but here is what we have so far. Mark your calendars!

  • 2024 – February 24 – Black History Monty Walking Tour
  • 2024 – March 16 – Economic Development Walk Downtown
  • 2024 – April 20 – Oakwood Cemetery
  • 2024 – April – Alta Vista Tree Walk (exact date TBA)
  • 2024 – May 11 – Tornado Remembrance Walk

Looking forward to getting back out on the streets!  See you soon!




Black History Month Walking Tour
February 24 | Meet up 10:00 AM | McLennan County Courthouse (501 Washington Ave.) 
Description: Join our tour guides from the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University for the third annual Black History Walk in downtown Waco. We will learn about African American History in Waco, including topics such as education, religion, the arts, and more.  The walk will begin and end at the McLennan County Courthouse (501 Washington Ave) and will last for approximately two hours.

Date: February 24

Time: 10:00 AM

Meet up location: McLennan County Courthouse, 501 Washington

Walk Length: Approximately 2 miles

Organizers: Institute for Oral History and Ashley Bean Thornton, Waco Walks Organizer

Got Questions?: Please contact Ashley Thornton by email at Ashley_Thornton@baylor.edu

Accessibility: We will be walking mostly on streets and sidewalks, but you should be prepared to negotiate curbs and grassy patches.

Hydration: Please bring your own water.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but they MUST be on a leash, and you MUST come prepared to scoop the poop! Also, dogs may not be allowed inside buildings.

Weather/Cancellation Plan: We plan to walk rain or shine, so if it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. In the event that it is a terrible storm or something happens and we have to cancel, we will send out a note to the email list. To subscribe to the email list, click here: http://eepurl.com/cG7kdj.
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February 24
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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McLennan County Courthouse
501 Washington Avenue, Waco, TX


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