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Hearing On Freedmen’s Town Bricks To Resume on Monday

The hearing decides if a temporary restraining order should be extended or not.

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The bricks that pave Andrews and Wilson streets in 4th Ward were laid by freed slaves and their descendants after the Civil War.

As of right now, the City of Houston is no longer a part of the legal fight to preserve historic bricks in Houston’s 4th Ward. A hearing seeking to stop the removal of the bricks will continue on Monday.

The TRO filed by the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition stopped Conrad Construction from doing badly needed utility work. The contractor was working to repair water and sewer lines located underneath the century-old bricks, laid by descendants of freed slaves. Coalition attorney Benjamin Hall says the city made a costly mistake, when it hired the contractor to remove the bricks with any regard to the historical significance:

“I think the city was not prepared. They thought that just glam and the city’s reputation is all that it takes. But if you come down here to the courthouse, you’d better make sure your evidence is right, and their evidence is simply wrong,” Hall says.

Hall says the city is no longer a part of the hearing. The lawyer now says they’re suing the contractor because it has no permit to do the work. Attorneys for the city of Houston had no comment. The impasse is upsetting to resident Plachette Williams, who says the work still needs to be done:

“We’re over here in Freedmen’s Town drinking dirty water, filthy water. And at the end of the day, it’s all about the homeowners and the taxpayers’ health and safety,” Williams says.

Monday’s testimony will include the cultural and religious significance of the bricks to Freedmen’s Town.

 

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