Our galleries will introduce visitors to Houston’s African American heritage as well as promote and preserve the history of the African American cultural experience.
SUNDAY GO TO MEETING:
African American Women and Church Hats in Houston
May 28, 2016 – October 28, 2016
The earliest known traditional hats in history were worn in Thebes and seen on ancient Egyptian murals. Centuries later, Phrygian caps were worn by the freed slaves in Rome, signifying their independence. In the early 20th century, Sunday church services provided African American women who worked as domestic servants or in other subservient roles the only real chance to break away from their drab, dreary workday uniforms. They favored bright colors and textured fabric, the bolder the better, and topped their outfits off with an adorned hat, or “crown.” This exhibition highlights historical photos from the Gregory School collection and church hats from various women in Houston.
1926 Restored Classroom
A classroom has been restored to its original 1926 appearance so that visitors can see what the Gregory School looked like at its inception.
The classroom is also equipped with modern technology to help bring the history of African Americans to life.
Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward
This exhibit chronicles a crucial period in Houston African American history when a community was established following emancipation. This later became known as Freedmen’s Town, Fourth Ward. The exhibit incorporates a wide variety of stories proving the power of a people’s commitment to one another by building and sustaining family, communities of worship, and social organizations which built this thriving, self- contained neighborhood.
African Americans in Houston
To honor generations of people whose cultural heritage played a significant role in what the city of Houston is today and what it will be tomorrow, we celebrate African American Houstonians. Integral to the exhibit are photographs and artifacts representing the seven principles that are universal to the development of communities: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, purpose, cooperative economics, creativity and faith.
Every few months the gallery will present a new and exciting exhibition featuring themes in African American history, culture or the arts. Diverse educational programs are developed to augment and complement these special exhibits, including lectures, films and workshops. Objects for the special exhibits will also rotate to utilize the Gregory Schools own archival materials, and involve community scholars and leaders to insure we convey the vast history of African Americans in Houston is being told.