Austin Seminary and the African American Experience: Toward Beloved Community

Ellis Green, Richard Copeland, and David Shipley, 1960 This online exhibit looks at the history of African American students, faculty, and staff at Austin Seminary.

Featured are photographs and documents chronicling Austin Seminary from the 1940s to the present. These selections from the archives tell the stories of some of the people who have helped shape the Seminary into a more inclusive and diverse institution and community.

Although we were only able to feature selected members of our community in this exhibit, we are always on the lookout for more contributions to our historical collections. If you have photographs, documents, video, or stories that you would like to share, please contact us at

Throughout the exhibit, you may click on the images to open up a larger version.


Rodrigo Leal, Austin Seminary Archives Assistant, January 2019. Parts of this exhibit build on the research of Hierald Osorto (MDiv 2018).