8 Black Historical Landmarks in Austin

Austin is rich with African American history and is home to a many of Texas’ Black historical landmarks featured in the National Register of Historic Places. The effects of segregation have been evident in Austin for decades, making the preservation of these historical sites that much more important. From community centers to notable homes and Austin’s own historically Black university, here are eight Black historic landmarks in Austin along the MetroBus line where you can honor these treasured locations.

Southgate Lewis House

1501 East 12th St, Austin, TX 78702 || MetroBus Route 6

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Southgate Lewis House is located on East 12th Street, in the heart of one of Austin’s historically Black neighborhoods. The Gothic Revival style home was built in 1888 by local bookbinder and printer John Southgate. In 1986 it was sold to the W.H. Passon Historical Society for its headquarters, which now houses the Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum.

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Connelly–Yerwood House

307 E. 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 || MetroBus Route 6

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The Connelly-Yerwood House was owned by Black physician Dr. Charles Yerwood in 1925 before his daughter, Dr. Connie Yerwood Conner, took ownership of the residence. She painted the house pink and aqua to honor her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, which happens to be the oldest Greek-letter society established by African American women. Like her father, Dr. Conner had a career in healthcare, working for the Texas Department of Health and eventually becoming Chief of the Bureau of Personal Health Services.

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Limerick-Frazier House

810 East 13th St, Austin, TX 78701 || MetroBus Route 6

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The Limerick-Frazier House has served as a haven for immigrants and African Americans in Austin since 1867. The home was built by immigrant Joseph Limerick and purchased by John Frazier, whose father was formerly enslaved. After John’s passing, his widow, Laura Allman Frazier, lodged Black students and travelers at the home who were not allowed to stay in white hotels. Now the home has become a popular cultural center hosting a number of culinary events, including a competition during the Black Arts Movement’s BAM! Festival.

Learn more about the Limerick-Frazier House

House of Elegance (Formerly Colored Teachers State Association of Texas Building)

1191 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702 || MetroBus Route 6

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The building at 1191 Navasota Street has been an important community hub for Black Austinites since the 1950s. Designed by John Saunders Chase, the first African American to attend the university’s School of Architecture, the building was purchased by the University of Texas to operate the Colored Teachers State Association of Texas. The association was integral in many advancements in equity for Black teachers in Texas. Since the mid-Sixties, however, the building became a lively neighborhood center as the House of Elegance, a full-service salon owned by Ella Mae Pease.

Learn more about the historic Teachers State Association Building and the current House of Elegance

Rosewood Park

2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702 || MetroBus Route 2

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Opened in the summer of 1930, Rosewood Park became a central location for Austin’s Black community. The park has held Juneteenth celebrations since its very first year and the traditional festivities still continue today. The park also features the original Henry G. Madison Log Cabin, which was built in the 1800s by Austin’s first African American City Council member and later moved to the park in his honor.

Learn more about Rosewood Park

Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702 || MetroBus Route 2

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The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center provides an exhibition of African American culture and preserved historical materials. According to the Carver Museum website, the museum features “[a] 36,000 square-foot facility that includes four galleries, a conference room, classroom, darkroom, dance studio, 134-seat theatre, and archival space.” Though currently closed due to COVID-19, you can “visit” Carver Museum from home here.

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Victory Grill

1104 E 11th St. Austin, TX 78702 || MetroBus Route 2

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Victory Grill has been an iconic African American music and food institution in Austin since 1945. The historic nightclub was on the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” a collection of venues across the United States showcasing Black entertainers including musicians, comedians and other performers. Still rocking today, Victory Grill is one of the few remaining venues from the original circuit. Visit on Mondays for Blues at the Grill and midweek for New Era Wednesdays.

Learn more about Victory Grill and the venue’s history

Huston-Tillotson University

900 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702 || MetroBus Route 4 and 322

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Historically Black private college Huston-Tillotson University dates back to 1875, housing a variety of formal educational institutes focused on Black students. The university as we now know it has existed since 1952 when Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College, both located on the same campus, combined through a merger. With “In union, strength,” as its motto, the merged institution “became the sole provider of higher education for African-Americans in Central Texas until the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which launched the period of desegregation,” according to Huston-Tillotson’s website. The university continues to honor its heritage as a place for Black students to learn, commune and thrive.

Learn more about Huston-Tillotson University

Austin’s Best Coffee Shops Bus Tour

Austin is heralded as having the best of a number of things: food, music, beautiful buses (you’ve heard that, right?). But did you know that Austin is home to some of the state’s most notable coffee shops? Austin’s specialty coffee scene is growing almost as fast as our city’s population, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of Austin’s best coffee shops along with the bus route information you need to get there.

Whether you’re a local interested in a new place to grab your coffee or looking for must-stop places while visiting Austin, consider this your official tour of Austin’s best coffee shops. You don’t even need to call a car to get around thanks to our handy CapMetro App, making it easier (and more environmentally-friendly!) than ever to get where you want to go.

Best Downtown Austin Coffee Shops

Whether you’re looking for a new spot to grab coffee on the way to work or you’ve just found yourself in the area and craving a cappuccino, these downtown coffee shops are ready to take your order. Pro tip: Venturing downtown for an interview? Bringing coffee for the hiring manager from one of these cafes is worth major bonus points!

Creature Coffee Co (Inside Native Hostel)

807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 929 (Also walking distance from the Downtown Station by MetroRail)

Served by routes: 4

Houndstooth Coffee – Frost Tower

401 Congress Ave #100c, Austin, TX 78701 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 2112 (Also walking distance from the Downtown Station by MetroRail)

Served by routes: 2, 4, 5, 6, 19

Juan Pelota Café (Inside Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop)

400 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 2110 and 2112

Served by routes: 2, 4, 5 6, 19, 663

Epoch Coffee – Seaholm

111 Sandra Muraida Way suite #101, Austin, TX 78703 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 2107 and 6275

Served by routes: 4, 5, 17, 985

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

406 Walsh St, Austin, TX 78703 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 2104

Served by routes: 4, 663

Best East Austin Coffee Shops

East Austin is a hot spot for coffee lovers thanks to the wide selection of specialty coffee shops. If you’re looking to sip a well-balanced espresso, Austin’s east side cafes are the best of the best.

Fleet Coffee Co

2427 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 935

Served by routes: 4

Flitch

641 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 939

Served by routes: 4

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Flat Track Coffee Roasters

1619 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 1605 and 1847

Served by routes: 17

Greater Goods Roasting

2501 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 963 and 2803

Served by routes: 4, 300

Dear Diary Coffeehouse

1212 Chicon St #103, Austin, TX 78702 | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 1105 and 2023

Served by routes: 6, 322

Try Hard Coffee Roasters

1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 658

Served by routes: 2

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Best South Austin Coffee Shops

With so much to explore in south Austin, you’re going to want a cuppa joe in hand for your next adventure. Before heading down to South Congress, stop by one of these specialty cafes for a seasonal beverage.

Medici Café – Lamar Union

1100 S Lamar Blvd #2125, Austin, TX 78704 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 2324

Served by routes: 3, 803

Mañana (Inside the South Congress Hotel)

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 4026 and 4029

Served by routes: 1, 801

The Meteor

2110 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 522

Served by routes: 1

Patika

2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 2328

Served by routes: 3, 300, 803

Radio Coffee & Beer

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 764

Served by routes: 3

Best Central Austin Coffee Shops

Austin’s centrally-located coffee shops are true neighborhood cafes where you feel like a regular even on your first visit. If the cozy vibes aren’t enough to bring you back for a second trip, the baked goods sure will! Seriously, these coffee shops know a thing or two about muffins and mochas.

Epoch Coffee – North Loop

221 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 611 and 1168

Served by routes: 1, 7

Barrett’s Coffee

713 W St Johns Ave, Austin, TX 78752 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 5605

Served by routes: 300

Flightpath Coffeehouse

5011 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 1168

Served by routes: 7

Monkey Nest Coffee

5353 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 819 and 5964

Served by routes: 3, 491

Spokesman Coffee – Highland

6015 Dillard Circle, Austin, TX 78752 | Website | Instagram

Closest MetroBus Stop ID: 5603

Served by routes: 7, 337, 350

What do you consider to be Austin’s best coffee shops? Sound off in the comments and we may add your pick to the list!