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Oct 26, 2015

Step into History at the Caviel Museum of African-American History

A charming building full of history sits at the corner of Avenue A and 17th Street. Caviel’s Pharmacy operated in Lubbock for 49 years.  As I walked inside, I could still feel the hustle and bustle alive with smiles and friendly faces.


Alfred and Billie Caviel were the first African-American husband and wife to own and operate their own pharmacy in the United States. They donated the building to the Roots Historical Arts Council in 2011 with hopes that one day it would become a museum to represent African-American culture. In 2015, their dream became a reality when the museum opened its doors becoming the first African-American museum in West Texas.


The museum walls are adorned with black-and-white photos of prominent African-American dentists, doctors and nurses. One picture that captured my attention was of Bernard Harris, M.D. Harris was a medical school graduate from Texas Tech University. He became an astronaut at NASA and was the first African-American to walk in space.


The African-American history and culture is an important and integral part of the Lubbock community. The Caviel Museum is truly a piece of history celebrating those who have impacted not only Lubbock, but the world.

Fast Facts

Location: 1719 Ave. A

Hours: Monday – Thursday open by request or appointment

Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m.

Phone: 806.928.4268 or 806.773.6046

Admission: Free