Exhibits and Events

Our community liaison coordinates lectures and other programs for our community. We welcome our patrons and their families to lectures, educational and social events by our community liaison. Sign up for our newsletter so you never miss an event!

Our Galleries

The Restored Classroom gives visitors a glimpse as to what the Gregory School looked like at its inception in 1926.

The Freedmen's Town Gallery chronicles a crucial period in Houston African American history when this community was established following Emancipation. The exhibit incorporates a wide variety of stories, using artifacts and photographs, 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.

The African Americans in Houston Gallery honors generations of people whose cultural heritage played a significant role in what the city of Houston is today and what it will be tomorrow. Integral to the exhibit are photographs and artifacts representing the principles that are universal to the development of communities.

Special Exhibits present new and exciting exhibits featuring themes in African American history, culture or the arts.

Upcoming Events
Visit our calendar page for more!

Documentary Screening (Pt I)
Saturday January 19, 2019 | 2PM

Eyes on The Prize: America’s Civil Right Movement

Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and em-bodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an Interna-tional Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.

Student Workshop
Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 6PM
Planning Tips for Applying to Selective Colleges

Join representatives of Rice University's Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid in a presentation on steps and planning strategies for apply-ing to selective colleges, with an emphasis on those which may be highly selective. This workshop is intended for juniors in high school and their families, and will include a question and answer period after the general presentations.
This event marks the fourth in support of our current exhibit, “Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy”. Please join us!

Documentary Screening (Pt II)
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 2PM

Eyes on The Prize: America’s Civil Right Movement

Eyes on the Prize recounts the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation. It is the story of the people — young and old, male and fe-male, northern and southern — who, compelled by a meeting of con-science and circumstance, worked to eradicate a world where whites and blacks could not go to the same school, ride the same bus, vote in the same election, or participate equally in society. It was a world in which peaceful demonstrators were met with resistance and brutality — in short, a reality that is now nearly incomprehensible to many young Americans.

Getting to Know Gregory's Archives
Saturday February 2, 2019 | 2PM - 4PM

Have you ever been curious about archival research but unsure how or where to start? Join special guest and friend of the Gregory School, Debra Blacklock-Sloan, and our archivists, Miguell Ceasar and Sheena Wilson, for an in-depth look at archival research methods and special collections found only here at The Gregory School. Bring your questions!

LECTURE: “On the Road to Houston: Freedom, Agency and Cultural Revolution”
Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 2PM - 4PM

The 2019 Black History Month theme is “Black Migrations”. Join friend of The Gregory School and University of Houston professor, Dr. Debbie Harwell, as she guides us through the migration of African Americans to Houston during Reconstruction and the Great Migration through the mid-twentieth century. It is a time period that saw African Americans coming to Houston for a better life with its many job and educational opportunities, but it was not perfect solution. Many challenges remained and the com-munity faced them head on, leading to a new sociopolitical order and a cultural revolution evidenced in music. You won’t want to miss it!

LECTURE: “What I Learned at Rice (and Yates)”
Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2PM - 4PM

Dr. Alexander Byrd is an associate professor of History at Rice University. Professor Byrd’s area of expertise is Afro America, especially black life in the Atlantic world and the Jim Crow South. Byrd is a four time recipient of the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2006, 2013, 2015, and 2018) and in 2010 he was the recipient of the Presidential Mentoring Award. Please join us as we welcome him to The Gregory School!

LECTURE: “Community, Work, War, and Blackness: The Second Great Migration and Long Civil Rights Movement in Houston”
Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 2PM - 4PM

Dr. Bernadette Pruitt is an associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University and has been a member of the Department of History since 1996. She teaches classes on race and ethnicity, internal migrations, slavery, civil rights, recent United States history and the African Diaspora. The first Black woman to earn a PhD in History from the University of Houston, she obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Texas Southern University. Join us for this special treat!

Current Exhibit

Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy
September 23, 2018 – February 24, 2019

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor St., 77019 | 832-393-1440

In 1964, the first black student was admitted to Rice University, forever changing the composition of the student body. A year later, the first black undergraduates matriculated at Rice. Fifty years later, in 2016, Rice celebrated that milestone with a series of events, culminating with a spectacular gala to recognize the important contributions that black alumni have made to the betterment of the world.

Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy is a continuation of that celebration. Through a multimedia presentation that includes photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, books, posters, banners, documentaries and an assortment of alumni memorabilia, the exhibition traces the compelling history of blacks at Rice.

Past Exhibits

Please see a list of our past exhibits here.

Programming FAQ

If you are interested in speaking or holding a program at the Gregory School. What is the criteria for that?

Our community liaison maintains a calendar of events for the Gregory School. Call us at 832-393-1440 or email us at hpl.gregoryschool@houstontx.gov to discuss details about your proposed program. We have a strict set of guidelines that governs what types of events we have here.

If you are interested in having an evening event at the Gregory School. How should you coordinate that?

Information on our special events spaces may be found here.

Special events at the Gregory School are coordinated through Houston Public Library's Event Coordinator, Ms. Mignonne Anderson. To contact her, send an email with the details of your event to mignonne.anderson@houstontx.gov and CC hpl.specialevents@houstontx.gov. You may also call 832.393.1646.

Docent Internship Program

Our docent internship program is starting soon! We are currently seeking university and high school students for internship opportunities.

Contact us if you are interested.

HISD 7th Grade Tours

We are working with HISD to bring 7th grade Texas History students to our facility. We invite social studies teachers, counselors, and coordinators to contact us about field trips.


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