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Freedmen’s Town Bricks will stay put for now

Preservationists and the city of Houston have agreed to mediation to resolve a legal dispute over historic bricks in the city’s 4th Ward. It may lead to a plan to save them when utility work resumes.


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Dorris Ellis is standing on the bricks laid by descendants of freed slaves. She and members of the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition said next week’s mediation hearing should lead to an agreement with the city, on how best to install new water, sewer and utility lines.

“I believe that we will work to come out with a good solution for the preservation of the Freedmen’s Town, and also to provide the infrastructure that the citizens of this area are need of,” said Dorris Ellis, president of the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition.

A court hearing, planned for Friday, will not take place because of the mediation. Ellis said she’s optimistic something can be resolved then.

“That is what the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition, that is our notion when we go in. We can reach a resolution where both parties are happy, because it’s much better when the parties are able to find their own solution, and under the order of the judge,” Ellis said.

The Coalition wants the city to preserve the bricks on Andrews and Wilson Streets in 4th Ward when the utility improvement project resumes.

The city had previously said it is more cost effective to temporarily move the bricks to complete the work.


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