The Texas Freedom Colonies Project
Atlas Disclaimer

This map is subject to changes and revisions through the ongoing research process by
Dr. Andrea Roberts of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. This is version 2.1 and its purpose is informational and to solicit feedback. Use or reproduction of this data without acknowledging Texas A&M University AND Dr. Andrea Roberts’ research is strictly prohibited.
If you have any questions about the study or data-set, send an email to

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project
Research Info and Permission and Licensing Agreement

You are invited to participate in a research study, being conducted by Dr. Andrea Roberts of the COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, [Andrea Roberts, PhD at 3137 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843,, Phone: 979.458.4306]

The purpose of this research study is to learn about cultural phenomena unique to settlements founded by former slaves in Texas. Your participation in the study will contribute to a better understanding of how to help communities achieve their community development and historic preservation goals. Please participate if you have relatives or ancestors from these counties or are a current resident of a settlement in these counties. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

If you agree to participate:

  • The activities may or may not take an hour of additional time (i.e. phone interview).
  • You will not be compensated.
  • Follow-up information may be requested.

Risks/Benefits/Confidentiality of Data
There are no known risks associated with your participation. There will be no costs for participating. Your name and email address will be kept during the data collection phase [for tracking purposes only]. However, those of the residents you work with will not be kept or tracked. Identifying information will be stripped from the final data-set associated with surveys.

Participation or Withdrawal
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question and you have the right to withdraw from participation at any time. You may also be audio recorded. However, participants must give verbal consent to being audio recorded. You may decline to be audio recorded at any time. Withdrawal will not affect your relationship with Texas A&M University in anyway. If you do not want to participate either simply stop participating or close the browser window. If you do not want to receive anymore reminders, you may email us at or Contacts If you have any questions about the study or need to update your email address, contact the researcher Dr. Andrea Roberts or

This study has been reviewed by Texas A&M University Institutional Review Board and the study number is IRB2018-0147. You may talk to them at 1-979-458-4067, toll-free at 1-855-795-8636, or by email at

Information we receive from you
As a Texas Freedom Colonies Project Survey user, we collect your personal information such as your name and email when you fill out the form. This information is optional and will be used for our internal record keeping and we may use this information to improve our database and services and feature contacts. However, zip code associated with your current residence address is required. We need this information to keep track of the geographical distribution of our users. We will not share this information with any third party.

When you upload data to The Texas Freedom Colonies Project(for example via survey forms or our website), you give the project research team(and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce and modify such uploaded data for the purpose of researches and presentation in the Texas Freedom Colonies Atlas web map services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license prior to uploading it. The files and data you upload may be used under the Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. We may share them with others for the purpose of presentations, analysis, publications, and online mapping services but you will be always given the credit for your data.

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