Our History

A Glimspe of Houston’s African American Past

Our history tells of a time when Black entrepreneurs, educators and innovators worked together to build stalwart communities, setting a strong foundation for their future. The cultural fabric of Houston is woven with a deep and rich history of the presence and contributions of African Americans. They injected their souls into the city with music, food, culture and faith.

Today, our community struggles with engaging in lasting collaborative relationships that intentionally seek to pool financial resources, share intellectual properties and rally around common goals that can impact our future.

Take a minute to view the interactive map below of  “A Tour of Our Past” and learn about our city and the African American history that exists, but is seldom shared. View our cultural heritage and contributions as a road map to our future.

Picture Sources

  • Original Yates Faculty: Jack Yates Alumni Directory 1996
  • Baptism at Buffalo Bayou: Baptism in Buffalo Bayou, Image 1. approximately 1900. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 18, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll2/item/93.
  • Houston Negro Hospital Opening Ceremony: Opening ceremonies of the Houston Negro Hospital. June 19, 1926. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 18, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hnh/item/1017.
  • Wheatley vs Yates Football Classic: Requiem for a Classic Thanksgiving Turkey Day Classic. August 2, 2011. Thurman W. Robins Ed. D.
  • Courtesy Barbershop Freedman’s Town: Sure Foundation. 1940
  • Lewis White Grocery Store Fifth Ward: Sure Foundation. 1940
  • King Carter & The Jazzing Orchestra: The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection, [image number: 05019], courtesy of The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.