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CITY OF HOUSTON
Rhea Brown Lawson, Ph.D.
Houston, Texas 77002-2534
April 10, 2008
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Houston City Council Member James G. Rodriguez (District I) is hosting a Freedman's Town/4th
Ward Community Meeting Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Parkway Village
Community Center, 1600Allen Parkway. Several topics of concern to the community will be
discussed during this meeting.
Council Member Rodriguez has invited representatives of the Houston Public Library to make a
presentation about the African American Library at the Gregory School, an exciting, long
anticipated project in 4thWard. ,
Slated to open in early 2009, the African American Library at the Gregory School will be the
third major research library and special collection to be established and operated by the
Houston Public Library. Located in historic Freedman's Town at 1300 Victor Street, the library
will be housed in the Edgar M. Gregory School, the first public school for African Americans in
Houston. The building, which is an archeological landmark in Texas, will be completely
restored. The library will be dedicated to documenting and preserving the traditions, culture and
history of the African American experience in the greater Houston area.
The Library's presentation during the meeting will include a virtual tour of the facility, project
timeline, public safety and community concerns, planned programs and services, and ways you
can donate materials to the archival collection.
We hope you can attend Council Member Rodriquez's meeting to hear about this exciting
project and other news of interest. Additional updates and information will be available on a
we,bsite for the project, www.theqreQorvschool.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Sincerely, V '"
&;L~. - I RheaBtn L~on. Ph.D.~Director
c: JamesG. Rodriquez,CouncilMember
Houston City Council, District I
CouncilMembers: ToniLawrence JarvisJohnson AnneClutterbuck WandaAdams MikeSullivan M.J.Khan, P.E. PamHolm Adrian Garcia
JamesG. Rodriguez PeterBrown SueLovell MelissaNoriega RonaldC. Green Jolanda' Jo. Jones Controller:Annise D. Parker