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Great-Great Grandson of historic JUNETEENTH family at WASHINGTON JUNETEE...


To National Juneteenth Network & Friends: The Hymans are planning to present an art exhibit and book signing at WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2001, June 16-19, 2001. Rick Hyman is a direct descendent of one of the historic families who celebrated the first Juneteenth, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.

January 6, 2001

Dear Rev. Myers, My wife, Ronda and I have enjoyed our conversations with you over the telephone these past few days regarding the Washington Juneteenth 2001 National Holiday Observance. As promised, we are sending you biographical information on us so that you may share it with others.

To recap -- I, Rick Hyman, am the great-great grandson of Cezar Martin. He and his family were slaves in Virginia. After the Civil War, they traveled from Virginia to Texas in covered wagons, and were the first wagon train of ex-slaves to arrive in Texas. Several months later, they, along with other families in Texas, experienced the first Juneteenth Celebration! This story, along with many others, is in our new book, My Texas Family: An Uncommon Journey to Prosperity, published by Arcadia Publishing.

128 pp 200 illus. (16 pp color)
Hardback (10 in. high x 7 in. wide)
Price $25.99

We are planning to attend the Juneteenth Celebration in Washington, D.C. this year and will make arrangements to have our book available for sale.

Rick Hyman's work has been recognized by Bill Cosby. A print of Hymans first historical family painting from the early 1920's, titled, My Texas Family hangs on the set of the Cosby show, CBS TV. Gifted from birth, Hyman has been painting since he was three years old.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is currently sponsoring a three-year traveling exhibition for part of Hyman's family historical series entitled, The Riches of Family, An American Journey from Slavery to Prosperity. Rick Hyman is preserving his family history by painting scenes from his treasured collection of 300 vintage family photographs, all taken from 1912-1927 in LaGrange and Warrenton, Texas. His lifetime goal is to paint all 300 photographs. Hyman paints with acrylic on canvas.

Hyman and his wife, Ronda Hyman are authors of a new book that was released in March, 2000, published by Arcadia Publishing entitled, My Texas Family, An Uncommon Journey to Prosperity. The book includes vintage photos of Rick's family, his historical paintings and some of the vintage jewelry that was owned and worn by his family during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The book also includes some interesting family history and stories, such as his ancestors journey from Virginia to Texas in covered wagons after the Civil War and how they prospered to own over 2,000 acres of oil property, cattle, horses, a stagecoach, silver and jewelry.

C-SPAN Book TV taped the Hyman's one-hour visit at Cardozo High School (one of several they visited) in Washington, D.C. on December 15, 2000, to be aired soon.

In December, 2000, the Hyman's book was nominated for the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award for 2001 through the Texas Historical Commission.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts produced a Teacher's Kit that highlights Hyman's ancestors and historical paintings to accompany the Hyman's exhibit that will support Virginia's Standards of Learning for elementary - middle school students in Virginia.

The Hyman's book is now being taught to students in high schools in Washington, D.C. through the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools Program, also in Richmond, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee and soon in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some of Hyman's art exhibitions include:
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • University of Texas, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas
  • Union Station, Washington, D.C.
  • The Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia, premiers Jan. 2001
  • The Salmagundi Club, Fifth Avenue, New York
  • City of Las Vegas, Reed Whipple Cultural Center Gallery, premiers Nov. 2001

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