November 12, 2009
Grand Opening Celebration for
You are invited to join the Houston Public Library for the grand opening ceremony and festivities for The African American Library at the Gregory School located at 1300 Victor Street on Saturday, November 14. The program will begin at noon with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and will continue through 5 p.m. with music, dancers and historical re-enactment.
The African American Library at the Gregory School will become the premier facility and depository for research and programs about the history of African Americans in Houston and the surrounding region. Its mission is to build, preserve and make accessible to historians, researchers and the public an incomparable collection of multi-type resources including but not limited to reference books, rare books, archived materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories, and programs that tell the story and celebrate the history of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region and African American Diaspora.
An organic space, the African American Library at the Gregory School will provide visitors with the opportunity to actively experience some aspects of history through interactive exhibits, programs, lectures, demonstration, skits and stories. Exhibitions are throughout the building. A portrait of former Mayor Lee P. Brown, who was the inspiration for this library, has been given by friends of Mayor Brown. The portrait has been installed on the second floor.