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Its vital that our communties especially, our communities of color support and back each other up. If developers come after one POC neighborhood, they'll come after all our ours... Insightful editorial from Patricia Cox, Tenth Street Residential Association. In order to protect their neighborhood she needs our advocacy and support from the city.

Tenth St. "Needs equitable decisions and investment. First, the Demolition Delay Overlay for the Winnetka Heights community and other communities needs to be extended to the Tenth Street Historic District." "Second, residents from the community need home improvement funds and not empty lots. Empty lots and properties that lay barren and untouched after being bought up by investors do not contribute to the Tenth Street Historic District's vision." Third, out residents encourage economic development without displacement that would create an economically viable community and benefit the current residents of modest means." #tenthstreethistoricdistrict #freedmanstown #oakcliff

Look at my bike leaning against remnants of an Interurban railroad trestle. #mymondays on Thursday #oakclifftx #tenthstreethistoricdistrict #freedmanstown #neoretrobike

Neglected, century-old brick streets in Freedmen’s Town, Houston, Texas.
The roots of the neighborhood go back to 1866, when hundreds of freed slaves constructed their own homes, and paved their own streets, in Houston’s 4th Ward, without support from the city.
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Once a church, but now a park with a story to tell. #Houston #MyCity #HTX #Historical #FreedmansTown #MidtownHouston #FourthWard

My view yesterday. #freedmanstown #4thward #bethelpark

Bethel Church was originally built in 1889 by freer slaves, was knocked down and rebuilt over the years, then the abandoned building was set on fire.
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Luckily, the city was able to conserve part of the structure and now it’s this really cool open space right next to downtown.
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#AntiochBaptistChurch nestled amongst the towering #skyscrapers of #downtown Houston. #Antioch is the oldest #BlackChurch in Houston. It was founded in 1866 by former #slaves in the area known as #FreedmansTown. The sanctuary opened its doors in 1875. In May 1991, #QueenElizabeth and #PrincePhillip attended a service at the #church that caused a stir back home. As The NY Times reported, “Gospel Tunes Set Royal Toes Tapping”. The normally reserved #RoyalCouple reacted to the “black spiritual and gospel music that inspired rhythmic foot-tapping” and some clapping by the church guests. #My_Houston #Houston #HTown #SpaceCity #BayouCity #HoustonTX #Houston_Community #HoustonNoLimits
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Finding new favorite places in Houston #freedmanstown #4thward #bethelpark #tam2018

5 years living in midtown never realized. #madein1989 #htx #midtown #freedmanstown #1989 #millennials

The bricks are back in #freedmanstown @kprc2

The battle over the reconstruction of Andrews streets is almost over. We are looking forward to get this neighborhood up to date and get pass this situation. The 100yr old bricks are back in their place, but fitting into today’s infrastructure. The residents and property owners are so happy to get this part of town in shape. #midtownhouston #fourthwardhouston #infrastructure #progress #freedmanstown #history

Already missing Houston! Highlights include... spending time with my mom, meeting the gorgeous spirit @katherinekier , this vegan pizza from Broke Ass Pizza (incredible mission and also part of a nonprofit for Freedmen's Town, an educational resource to learn the true history of the Moorish community), discovering @patgreerskitchen and getting 2 raw entrees and a kombucha all for $12, eating at @greenseedvegan and seeing how delicious and accessible they make their food..., seeing just how popular veganism is getting there (met tons of vegans!) being in the sun, and of course... the special moments of solitude. Thank you 💫 #vegansoftexas #houstonvegans #freedmenstown #mirrors #veganpizza #patgreer #supportbusinessesownedbywomen #bringinghealthtothecommunity #femaleentrepreneurs #yourhealthisuptoyou #freedmanstown #itseasytobevegan #warmweather #brokeasspizza #blackownedbusiness #blackownedveganrestaurant

Freedmen’s Town is a nationally registered historical site. The site was originally a community located in the fourth ward of Houston, Texas that began in 1865 as the destination for former enslaved people from surrounding plantations in Texas and Louisiana after the Civil War.

Freedmen’s Town is located southwest of downtown. After emancipation was proclaimed in Texas on June 19, 1865, former slaves began migrating to Austin, Dallas, Galveston, and other cities but the largest migration was to Houston. Many of these newcomers traveled along San Felipe Road into the city from Brazos River Plantations south and southwest of Houston.  Once there they paved many of the streets in brick. These new residents established a community where they were able to live mostly without the daily onslaught of racism and discrimination.

Freedmen’s Town quickly developed as a cultural center with the establishment of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (1866) followed by other churches and social and cultural institutions, The community and the larger fourth ward black community that grew around it, was prosperous well into the early 20th Century.  By 1930, Fourth Ward held approximately one third of Houston’s 36,000 African Americans and was famous for its many businesses that included restaurants and jazz night clubs which attracted even white Houstonians to the area.

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Dallas historian Dr. Mamie McKnight passed away on Jan. 1st. She was instrumental in the preservation of Freedman's Cemetery, Juanita Craft house (pictured), and the establishment of the Wheatley Place, 10th Street, and South Boulevard Park Row historic districts. Read more about her on our blog: cityofdallaspreservation.wordpress.com

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us... #fourthwardgraveyard #fourthwardcreeps #freedmanstown #cryofthethirdeye

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