African American Library celebrates 10 years

African American Library Houston
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)

The Gregory School, which formerly housed the first public school for African Americans in Houston, has now served as a library and center for African American history for 10 years.



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



Throughout the year, the library hosts rotating special exhibits. A new exhibit opened Nov. 15 is titled “We Shall Not Be Moved: Recent Acquisitions from the Gregory Collection” and brings together highlights from the collection of over 400 photos and archives dating back to the pre-Civil War era in Houston.




1300 Victor St., Houston. 832-393-1440. www.houstonlibrary.org
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.