Meet founding empresario Stephen F. Austin, suffragist Minnie Fisher Cunningham, philanthropist Ima Hogg, Texas independence hero Juan Seguín, artist Tom Lea, and many other notable and colorful figures from our state’s past.

On February 4, Humanities Texas launched Texas Originals, a radio series profiling individuals whose life and achievements have had a profound influence upon Texas history and culture. Each segment of the program is written by accomplished writers and edited for historical accuracy by respected scholars. Texas Originals was developed in partnership with KUHF, Houston Public Radio.

Texas Originals will air on KUHF 88.7 FM every Saturday at 1:04 p.m. For those outside of the Houston area, visit our website every week to catch the latest episode. The website also features photographs, historic documents, and resources so visitors can learn more about each of the "originals" featured in the series.

In honor of Black History Month, three of February’s episodes feature significant African American Texans: civil rights pioneer and U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Houston muralist and teacher John Biggers, and boxing champion Jack Johnson.

Texas Originals is available to other public and commercial radio stations. If you are interested in bringing the series to your community, email or call 512.440.1991.

Barbara Jordan during a Family Circle magazine interview, October 18, 1976. LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe.