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Lost Restaurants of Galveston’s African American Community Book Signing

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


People of African descent were some of Galveston’s earliest residents, and although they came to the island enslaved, they retained mastery of their culinary traditions. As Galveston’s port prospered and became the “Wall Street of the South,” better job opportunities were available for African Americans who lived in Galveston and for those who migrated to the island city after emancipation, with owner-operated restaurants being one of the most popular enterprises. Staples like Fease’s Jambalaya Cafe, Rose’s Confectionary, and the Squeeze Inn anchored the island community and elevated its cuisine. From Gus Allen’s business savvy to Eliza Gipson’s oxtail artistry, Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee has gathered together the stories and recipes that preserve this culinary history for the enjoyment and enrichment of generations, and kitchens, to come.

Lost Restaurants of Galveston’s African American Community is written by Greg Samford, Tommie Boudreaux, Alice Gatson, and Ella Lewis. Featuring an introduction by GHF’s Executive Director, Dwayne Jones, the paperback book is 144 pages and features over 50 images, incredible recipes, and unmatched history of Galveston’s culinary history.


June 12
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


1892 Bishop’s Palace
1402 Broadway Avenue J
Galveston, TX 77550 United States
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