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

Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6 PM

We are pleased to welcome Bishop Dr. Barbara King, Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.  A native Houstonian and daughter of Fourth Ward/Freedmen’s Town, Dr. King earned her BA from Texas Southern University, her MSW from Atlanta University and her Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, MI at the age of 81.  Named one of the foremost spiritual leaders of the 21st century by Ebony Magazine and the “Queen of New Thought” by Oprah, Dr. King joins us in support of the Houston History Alliance 2018 conference, “Houston Women: Agitating, Educating, Advocating.” 

Don’t miss this very special evening!

Documentary Screening

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 2 PM

"Young, Gifted and Black: Reflections from Black Alumni at Rice". This film, exploring the lives of 15 distinguished Black alumni before they came to Rice, during their stay at Rice, and their careers after Rice, was produced for a weekend of multicultural events in honor of the university's Centennial Celebration.  This event marks the third in support of our current exhibit "Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy". Please join us!

Interactive Dialogue

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 6 PM

Black, Brown, & Kosher: In partnership with University of Houston's Jewish studies and Center for Public History, The Gregory School welcomes James Beard award-nominated chefs Fany Gerson, Pati Jinich and Michael Twitty for this unique event. Interact with each chef and hold intimate conversations on the significance of cooking to community life, while considering the multicultural Jewish, African American, and Latino foodways. Join us!  Seating is very limited: RSVP to hpl.gregoryschool@houstontx.gov

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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