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From the French Legation (formerly the Robertson Plantation and the Robertson Hill freedmen's community) to the historic Black churches that still grace the District…



Six Square preserves historic and culturally significant sites in order to reanimate them as important cultural spaces.



Six Square highlights visual art and performance art celebrating the diversity of Black lives and honoring the heritage of Austin's Black Cultural District.



Six Square has a mission to educate people in central Texas and beyond about the history and relevance of Austin’s Black Cultural District.



Six Square celebrates the culture that Black people have created in the District.


Economic Development

Arts, culture, and historic preservation have meaningful economic impacts.


The name is descriptive of the six square miles of the old “Negro District” in Central East Austin, that was created by the City’s 1928 Master plan, designed to address the “Negro Problem.” The goal was to keep the races from mixing. Black residents who refused to move to this area were not provided basic city services such as water, electricity, or proper roads.

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District Boundaries:

  • North: Manor Road

  • South: 7th Street

  • East: Airport Blvd.

  • West: IH-35

Six Square is the nexus of thriving Black arts and culture in Central East Austin. We re-animate cultural spaces, connect community, and honor the past, present, and future of Austin’s Black Cultural District. We envision a vibrant future for the District that grows from the rich legacy and cultural contributions of Austin’s Black community.  

“The District is six square miles of historic geographic sites that we are preserving for future generations.  We are creating an incubation space where art and culture can be celebrated and enjoyed and brought to the limelight, not just for the community who lives here, but for all of Austin and Austin’s visitors.”


  • Rev. Freddie Dixon, Board Chair and Founding Member
    Community Leader, University of Texas
  • Hoover Alexander, Vice Chair
    Chef, Restaurateur, Hoover’s Cooking
  • Virginia Cumberbatch, Secretary and Founding Member
    Director, UT Community Engagement Center and Social Justice Institute
  • James Nortey, Treasurer and Founding Member
    Attorney, Duggins Wren, LLP
  • Ken Johnson, Member
    Architect, Clayton & Little
  • Willie Johnson, Member
    Retired Engineer, IBM
  • Ramey Ko, Member
    Attorney, Jung Ko PLLC
  • Bernadette Phifer, Founding Member

Six Square Staff

Six Square named Nefertitti Jackmon as its new executive director in February of 2017. With a 20-year career in operations, program management and consulting in the nonprofit sector[NJ1] , Jackmon’s diverse skill set and cultural understanding of both black history and the complexities of community engagement are welcomed assets. Jackmon has worked with a number of community based groups in Houston and abroad to cultivate, preserve and promote African American culture, including SHAPE Community Center, the Emancipation Park Conservancy and the Black Arts Movement Business District in Oakland, California.

“I understand and value the importance of building institutions that recognize and celebrate the cultural capital and contributions of Black America. Six Square, with the help of Lisa Byrd and a dedicated board of directors, has built a wonderful space for such cultural preservation and celebration,” Jackmon said. “I hope to continue the important work to provide future generations a connection to this rich cultural heritage and make the District a source of pride and inspiration. I’m elated to work with the Austin community to help elevate the contemporary Black presence and cultural expression in Austin and share the rich legacy and contributions of those who thrived here in the face of many challenges.




At any time, Six Square may have a number of job openings in a variety of settings ranging from entry-level jobs, to management and professional positions, to contract assignments.

We are always looking for interns and volunteers. If you would like to become an intern or a volunteer, please email


We are always looking for interns and volunteers. If you would like to contribute to a growing organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural legacy of African Americans, become an intern or a volunteer today. Email for more information.

Six Square - Austin's Black Cultural District
1152 San Bernard Street