December 21, 2012 4:02 am
This African-American artist and educator is best known for his murals in Houston. Maya Angelou described Biggers work as historic that "...leads us through his expressions into the discovery of ourselves at our most intimate level."
December 14, 2012 11:31 am
Author and artist who is best known for the sweeping murals inspired by West Texas landscapes. His style was described as "the wonderful, ever changing light on the structure of the world."
December 7, 2012 12:24 pm
The first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress from the South, the first woman to deliver a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, and the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
November 30, 2012 11:09 am
George Thomas "Mickey" Leland
One of the first African-Americans elected to the Texas Legislature and a man who died trying to feed the hungry in Africa.
November 22, 2012 7:33 pm
An award winning playwright and screenwriter who was known for the authentic characters he brought to life on stage and screen.
November 16, 2012 6:23 pm
A pioneering journalist and author who explored Texas politics and politicians.
November 9, 2012 11:39 am
Mary Austin Holley
The first Anglo-American to author a book about Texas.
November 2, 2012 12:43 pm
A gifted stage and screen actor who left his mark on Hollywood and Austin.
October 26, 2012 5:34 pm
John Mason Brewer
He was a pioneering folklorist who collected tales from Texas slaves and single-handedly preserved the African-American folklore from Texas.
October 19, 2012 5:53 pm
He was the historian who wrote the definitive portrait of the life along the Texas-Mexico border during the Texas Revolution. His work influenced the way history views Texas' fight for independence.
October 12, 2012 2:55 pm
Chief of the Comanche. In his life, Chief Parker managed to transition from legendary tribal leader and warrior to elegant statesman and diplomat.
October 6, 2012 12:00 pm
He was an artist who created large paintings and murals depicting life in early Texas. His most famous work captured the iconic cattle drives that defined Texas ranching. He became known as the "dean of Texas artists."
September 28, 2012 10:40 pm
King Wallis Vidor
He was a filmmaker who made his mark in the movies. His career included the highest grossing silent film of all time, The Big Parade, to other box office hits including The Fountain Head and The Wizard of Oz.
September 21, 2012 6:11 pm
He was an author who love the outdoors. His most influential works were defined by the natural world of Texas.
September 14, 2012 1:04 pm
Dominique and John de Menil
They were two iconic collectors and curators of art. The Menil Collection remains true to their vision of art as a spiritual pursuit.
September 7, 2012 2:11 pm
Norris Wright Cuney
He was born a slave, but through education and hard work, became a civic and political force in the years following Reconstruction.
August 31, 2012 2:46 pm
Katherine Anne Porter
She was a pioneering and award winning author and poet. She said her stories were "true in the way a work of fiction should be true, created out of all the scattered particles of life."