Scholar and folklorist John Mason Brewer was born in Goliad in 1896. Over his fifty-year career, Brewer almost single-handedly preserved the African American folklore of his home state. His books serve as a timeless record of Texas storytelling, and powerful proof of what he called "folklore as a living force."
Image: J. Mason Brewer. Photograph by Walter Barnes Studio. The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University-San Marcos.