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

PARENT WORKSHOP

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 2PM

Does helping your child with mathematics homework seem challenging? Do you want your child to do well in mathematics, but aren’t quite sure of how to accomplish this?

Then join Carolyn White of the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) as she shares strategies for parents to support their children with developing strong math skills and provides resources for achieving this goal. White is the Director of Elementary Programs for RUSMP. This workshop for parents is our second program in support of our newest exhibit, Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy.


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 2PM

In recognition of American Archives month, we invite you to join us for a film screening of the documentary, "In the Name of Old Colored High."

During Houston's early years, the African American community developed tough, self-reliant businesses and educational opportunities for themselves in the face of racial, educational, and residential restrictions. Out of segregation grew a determined group of Black Houstonians who sought to fulfill the American promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” These individuals, some who were only one or two generations away from slavery, offer a vivid snapshot of African American life in Houston.


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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