TOURS

Cultural and historical tours of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Black Houston Bus Tours

Our local bus tours offer a fun and convenient way to explore Black Houston. Local bus tours are offered one day a month, with a different theme each month. These include our Black Art, Black History, Black Culture, Black Business, Third Ward, and Juneteenth tours. On these tours you get to experience Houston like a true local, going to some of this city’s most important sites, eating delicious food, and meeting new people!

 
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Brock Park

March 12, 2022

1709 Bingham Street, Houston, Texas, 77007

Brock Park is a public park named after Richard Brock. Brock helped establish some of Houston’s earliest schools and churches for African Americans.

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El Dorado Ballroom

March 26, 2022

2310 Elgin Street, Houston, Texas, 77004

During its height in the 1930s and 1940s, the El Dorado Ballroom of Third Ward was comparable to the Savoy Ballroom of Harlem and Club Matinee in Houston’s Fifth Ward, a social haven for African Americans.

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Jazz Music

Almeda Post Office

April 16, 2022

4110 Almeda Road,
Houston, Texas 77004

This site, frequented today by locals to take care of mailing and shipping services, was once the site of Houston’s first sit-in.

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Texas Southern University

Coming Soon!

3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, Texas 77004

Texas Southern University is the only historically Black college and university (HBCU) in the city of Houston, and has since its inception, been the heart of much of the social, cultural, political, and academic action of this city and beyond.
 

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University Museum at Texas Southern University

Coming Soon!

3100 Cleburne Street,
Houston, Texas 77004

The University Museum at Texas Southern University was founded in 2000. It is dedicated to exhibiting art of Africa and the African Diaspora through both
permanent collections and temporary exhibits, with a special emphasis on
providing a place for art majors to display their final projects.

 

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Houston This Is It Soul Food

Coming Soon!

2712 Blodgett Street,
Houston, Texas 77004

Originally located in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s Town, the iconic Houston This Is It Soul Food is now located in
another historic area, Third Ward. InFood fact, thanks to their delicious preparation of African American cuisine, it is the oldest soul food restaurant in the city.

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Black Houston Bus Tours

Fifth Ward Self Guided & Virtual Tours

In partnership with Sawari Tours and Visit Houston, you can visit Black Houston at any time and at your own pace through our self-guided tour of Houston’s Fifth Ward. Known to longtime residents as “The Nickel,” Fifth Ward was once one of the most thriving Black neighborhoods in the city. Its Lyons Avenue corridor was booming with businesses, from movie theaters like the DeLUXE Theater to entertainment centers like Club Matinee.

 

Like many of the city’s other Black communities, it had its own grocery stores, clothing stores, barbershops and beauty salons, organizations, churches, and schools--with Wheatley High School being its pride and joy. It also had communities within, like French Town, and close neighbors like Kashmere Gardens and Trinity Gardens. The neighborhood is being revitalized thanks to organizations such as the Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation and Fifth Ward Go Neighborhoods.

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FIFTH
WARD
SELF GUIDED
TOUR

Features:

  • This self-guided tour includes photos, fun facts, and audio interviews about The DeLUXE Theater, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, Fruits of Fifth Ward Mural, Club Matinee, Wheatley High School, and House of Brown Salon.

  • Tickets available February 2022!

Happy Childhood

VIRTUAL REALITY
BUS 
TOURS

Features:

  • Can’t make it to our bus tours but still looking for an immersive experience? Join a bus tour from your home, no matter the location. You’ll be able to visit each stop with us! 

  • Tickets available February 2022!

WHY SAWARI TOURS

Fun!

Fun and engaging tours of some of the city’s most important and often little-known Black historical and cultural sites.

Local Tours

Learn about the Black history and culture of Houston through our bus tours. Perfect for both locals and out-of-towners alike!

Convenience

Comfortable, air-conditioned buses to accommodate Houston’s unpredictable (but loveable) weather, and physical differences.

Expert Tours

Tours led by expert historian, Africologist, professor, world traveler, and Houston native.

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