The Houston Public Library invites the community to the Grand Opening Ceremony & Festivities for The African American Library at the Gregory School. Community members will join Library staff, city officials, and other representatives to commemorate the culmination of this long-anticipated renovation.
The grand opening will be held on Saturday, November 14 from noon to 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street, 77019, in Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward.
Located in the building that housed the first public school for African Americans in Houston, this historic building was reconditioned to serve as a repository for use by historians, researchers, and the general public. Through the Gregory School the Houston Public Library will provide an incomparable collection of multi-type resources including reference books, rare books, archival materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories, and innovative programs to document the history of the African American experience in Houston and its surrounding areas. Through this new research library, all residents of Houston, students and researchers, will be able to explore and learn about the contributions of African Americans to the development of the city of Houston in all areas of life, including the arts, education, business, and sports.
About the Celebration
Mayor Bill White, Council Member James Rodriguez, and Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson will lead the Grand Opening Ceremony for The African American Library at the Gregory School. The event will include a presentation by the Phillis Wheatley High School Band and the North Forest High School ROTC Guard. Following the ribbon-cutting, there will be activities for the entire family: face painting in traditional African Adinkra Symbols, guided tours of exhibits in the library, an opportunity to meet and greet Gregory School Alumni, commemorative giveaways, and storytelling. Performances and entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon:
- 12:45 PM — Gregory Lincoln Education Center School Band
- 1:00 PM — Music Performances by JAWAD
- 1:30 PM — Urban Souls Dance Company
- 2:00 PM — Living History Theatre
- 2:45 PM — Gregory Lincoln Education Center Dance Troupe
- 3:00 PM — Musical Performance by the Shrine of the Black Madonna Choir
- 3:30 PM — Fourth Ward Praise Dancers