From the Annals of Reconstruction – In 1866, the Texas State Central Committee of Colored Men met in Austin with Baptist minister Jacob Fontaine presiding. It was the first in a series of conventions held in Texas from the Reconstruction era until the coming of the Jim Crow era in the 1890s. The group was focused on issues of concern to African Americans which were largely ignored by Texas politicians. At the first meeting the TSCCCM opposed a request by Episcopal bishop Alexander Gregg for funds which presumably would have benefited former slaves. The committee members did not trust Gregg, himself a former slaveholder and ardent supporter of secession. The committee instead proclaimed their support for the work of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
Photo of Jacob Fontaine from austinlibrary.com.