Celebrate Juneteenth in a beautiful historic building while enjoying several special events being offered at the Houston Public Library’s African American Library at the Gregory School during the month of June. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street, 77019, 832-393-1440 in Fourth Ward’s historic neighborhood. All events and exhibits are free and open to the public.
Visit the Library’s permanent exhibit halls and its special exhibit from 10 AM – 6 PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays:
The Color of Life Exhibit
June 16 – September 1, 2012
In downtown Navasota, Texas, Leon and Molly Bee Collins create original art that grows straight out of the rich soil of the Brazos River. The painting of cotton fields, family and southern culture are portrayed with joy and empathy. As true folklorists, father and daughter, Leon and Molly Bee Collins, have created these stories to preserve history. It’s clear these stories on canvas are shared by artists who know and love their roots.
This exhibit is generously supported by the City of Houston and Rice University/Houston Enriches Rice Education.
The Color of Life: The Works of Leon and Molly Bee Collins, Gallery Talk
Saturday, June 16, 2012 | 2:00 PM
Join the artist as they discuss their work.
An Afternoon with…Authors Drs. Robert & Jean Galloway
Saturday – June 23 2012 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Authors Drs. Robert and Jean Galloway discuss and sign their book “The Unity of Woman: Naturally African: The Unity of Woman, Nature and African Sculptured Form.” Touring libraries and educational institutions, the Galloways will lecture on the principles intrinsic in the work.
Lunch with a Legacy…Entrepreneur Marcus Davis
Saturday – June 30 2012 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Meet entrepreneur Marcus Davis the mastermind behind the Breakfast Klub Restaurant and Reggae Hut Cafe. Applying “community” as his guiding principle in his business and personal life, he has created one of the most phenomenal restaurant success stories in the country.
About The Fourth Ward
In Houston, the Fourth Ward neighborhood near downtown is the site of Freedmen’s Town, which was a post-U.S. Civil War community of African-Americans. This area was composed of recently-freed slaves that developed it during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The Houston Public Library’s African American Library at the Gregory School sits at the heart of the area. Built in 1926 this historic building was one of the first schools for African American children. The Library serves as a resource and repository to preserve and celebrate the rich history of African Americans in Houston.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. – Provided by Juneteenth.com.
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.