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Where To Explore In Houston's Third Ward

Brooke Lewis
Posted on July 27
The sunset at Emancipation Park.

Emancipation Park in Third Ward. (Brooke Lewis/City Cast Houston)

On our podcast, Houston Chronicle columnist Joy Sewing shared some of her favorite spots in Third Ward, a historically Black neighborhood known for its dynamic history and culture. Let’s take a look!

Kindred Stories & GCC Comics

Terri Hamm opened Kindred Stories on Stuart Street after hosting pop-ups across the city. The cozy and calming space showcases Black authors from many genres. Next door, you can get your comic book fix at Gulf Coast Cosmos Comics

Emancipation Park

In 1872, Reverend Jack Yates, Richard Allen, Richard Brock, and Reverend Elias Dibble established Emancipation Park: ten acres, bought by freed slaves, where they could celebrate Juneteenth. Decades later, the park stands as a beautiful testament to Black history. On any given day, you’ll find residents swimming at the pool, playing basketball on the court, or laughing on the playground.You may even spot Mayor Sylvester Turner and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee dancing to Kool and the Gang during a Juneteenth celebration.

TSU’s Museum

The University Museum at Texas Southern University highlights Black art. Curator and director Alvia Wardlaw is native to Third Ward, but her work echoes across the country. Don't miss works by Dr. John Biggers, the muralist who established the university's art department in 1949.

Project Row Houses

Stop by the art mecca of Third Ward, which stretches over five city blocks and is home to 39 different structures, showcasing artwork created by the community. Inside the community gallery, view work from artists who were affected by the fire at Winter Street Studios until Aug. 6.

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