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Bricks To Stay In 4th Ward’s Historic Freedmen’s Town

A judge kept an order preventing the City of Houston from moving the bricks.


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Crews halted construction after removing a section of bricks on Wilson Street.


The bricks that pave Andrews and Wilson streets in 4th Ward were laid by freed slaves and their descendants after the Civil War. The city began to remove them to fix the area’s water and sewer system, but the project was halted by a temporary restraining order

“Once you remove the bricks, you have destroyed the art. It is in fact, the way the bricks are placed there by the freed former slaves that make them unique to the city,” said Houston attorney Ben Hall.

Hall represents the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition. He successfully argued that the city’s plan would permanently damage the historical significance.

“They can preserve the historic district, and they can also provide the necessary utilities that’s required by using trenchless technology,” said Dorris Ellis with the Freedmen’s Town Coalition. 

Attorneys for the city left quickly after the hearing without commenting. The city has previously said trenchless technology would be too expensive. The two parties will return on Friday to determine how to proceed.


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