Historic African-American Communities in San Antonio: A Conversation with Everett Fly

Join the Westside Preservation Alliance and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center for the first event of our Westside Community History & Preservation Speaker Series! There will be three more speakers in this series throughout the rest of 2018.

This series will explore community history and historic preservation in communities of color!

National Humanities medalist Everett Fly will discuss his work uncovering and preserving African American cultural landscapes in San Antonio and beyond, the importance and challenges of documenting local African American history, and vision for the newly created San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Everett Fly is a licensed professional landscape architect (Texas) and licensed professional architect (Texas). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Expertise includes detailed urban design, site design, irrigation design, architectural design, photography. His Black Settlements in America (TM) research and methodology have been referenced by the National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Library of Congress. His expertise on African American settlements has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR). Mr. Fly has researched and produced nominations for designed and vernacular resources that have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and has prepared Historic American Buildings Survey (H.A.B.S.) documents for the National Park Service. During his thirty five year career he has worked on projects in sixteen states and the District of Columbia. He has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Programs. Mr. Fly served seven years on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Westside Community History & Preservation Speaker Series

  • September 11, 2018 | 6:30pm - Historic African-American Communities in San Antonio: A Conversation with Everett Fly
  • October 23, 2018 | 6:30pm - Resisting Barrio Displacement in El Paso: A Conversation with Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva
  • November 8, 2018 | 6:30pm - Preserving African-American Sites in Austin: A Conversation with Dr. Fred McGhee
  • December 6, 2018 | 6:30pm - Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in South Texas: A Conversation with Dr. Philis Barragán Goetz