Black Houston Self-Guided Tour

Cultural and historical tours of Africa and the African Diaspora.

First Ward

Brock Park

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.

Third Ward

El Dorado Ballroom

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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Almeda Post Office

2310 Elgin Street, 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.

Texas Southern University

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

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

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.

Trinity United Methodist Church

2600 Holman, Houston, Texas 77004

The first Black church in the city, Trinity United Methodist Church was founded in 1848/1865 by Elias Dibble, Richard Brock, James Kyle, Henry Franklin, and others.

Emancipation Park

3018 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004

Emancipation Park is one of the oldest public parks in the state of Texas. Founded in Houston’s Third Ward by Black Houston pioneers Elias Dibble, Jack Yates, Richard Brock, and Richard Allen, the park was established in 1872 to celebrate and commemorate Juneteenth