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Houston’s African American Library Housed In The First Public School For African Americans

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The African American Library at the Gregory School is the newest of three special collections operated by the Houston Public Library. Located in Houston’s historic Freedman’s Town, the Library is housed in what was once the Edgar M. Gregory School, which served as the first public school for African Americans in Houston. As the first library of its kind in Houston, and one of the few African American libraries in the country, The African American Library at the Gregory School serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and the African Diaspora. To accomplish its mission, the African American Library at the Gregory School preserves and makes accessible to historians, researchers, and the public an incomparable collection of multi-type resources including, but not limited to, reference books, rare books, archival materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories and innovative programs. The African American Library at the Gregory School is located at 1300 Victor Street, 77019.

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The Houston Public Library invites the community to celebrate African American History Month and learn about the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout the nation’s history and in our city. The Library will offer presentations by authors, films, exhibits and more for the entire family. All events and programs are free and open to the public. For more information on African American History Month Events, visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313. The programs are supported by a grant from the Houston Public Library Foundation.

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