Houston’s historic African American Library receives funding boost for Harvey repairs

African American Library at thet Gregory School
The African American Library at the Gregory School celebrated its 10th anniversary in November. (Courtesy Houston Public Library)

The African American Library at the Gregory School celebrated its 10th anniversary in November. (Courtesy Houston Public Library)

Nearly three years after Hurricane Harvey, the first public school for African Americans in Houston, which now serves as a library, received a funding boost for storm-related damage Jan. 22.



Houston City Council approved nearly $20,000 worth of Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery funds be allocated to repairs at the library, including those for multiple roof leaks and drywall and floor repairs.



The library houses a restored classroom where visitors can see what the school looked like when it opened in Freedman’s Town in 1926 as well as two galleries and archives of photos and artifacts celebrating African American history in Houston.


The African American Library at the Gregory School celebrated its 10th anniversary in November.


1300 Victor St., Houston. 832-393-1440. www.houstonlibrary.org
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