Historic San Augustine Jail opens as museum

(Source: KTRE)
(Source: KTRE)

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - After several years of hard work, the historic 1919 San Augustine County Jail has re-opened its doors on Saturday.

More than a dozen women brought the museum to life.
The restoration process started two years ago, and involved extensive research to set up each display. Suzanne Sowell, part of the San Augustine Garden Club, said to preserve the artifacts of the historic jail is something she's passionate about doing.

"To read the stories of the people is just wonderful, to be able to go through and see the things that they did and the things that were accomplished here. San Augustine has quite a history and the law officers served a lot here," Sowell said.

The jail will soon become the permanent home of the Texana collection, which is made up of written works, art, and more created by Texans.

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