Alfred and Billie Caviel were the first African-American husband and wife in the United States to own and operate their own pharmacy, in the eastside “Flats” neighborhood of Lubbock, Texas. Caviel’s Pharmacy operated at the corner of Avenue A and 17th Street in Lubbock for 49 years, from the early Civil Rights era in 1960 to 2009.
The Caviels donated the building to the city’s 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.
Exhibits include legacies of African American medical practice, education, and other aspects of community life.