Exhibits and Events

Our programming is created with the singular goal of exposing our patrons to the breadth and scope of Houston’s African American history and culture.  Whether through a sneak peek performance by The Ensemble Theatre or a lecture from a prolific scholar, we do our very best to provide diverse, original programming that highlights the archival and library collections, as well as complements our special exhibits.  All are welcome to attend and as always, events here are free and open to the public!  Be sure to check out the calendar page for more info.

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The 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

Author Talk: Dr. Peniel Joseph

Current Exhibit

We Shall Not Be Moved:  Recent Acquisitions from the Gregory Collection  

Opening: November 15, 2019 @ 10AM

The African American Library at the Gregory School celebrates ten years of documenting and preserving the tradition, culture, and history of African Americans in the greater Houston area.  Since opening in 2009, the archive has grown to over 400 collections that date from pre-civil war to contemporary, and include works in a great variety of formats. Photographs, documents, oral histories, and artifacts bring light to history, bridging past and present with explorations of emotions and experience. Each collection provides important documentation for culture and history.  This exhibition highlights the collection’s depth and development, while it brings together a selection of recent acquisitions that have rarely been shown.  

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.



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