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Houston’s Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition Will Ask Mayor Turner For Help

They continue their campaign to keep the bricks that pave part of the Fourth Ward intact because of what they consider historic and cultural value.

The Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition is continuing its campaign to stop the removal of the bricks which pave that historic neighborhood west of downtown Houston.

The bricks would have to be removed to replace water, sewage and drainage lines in Freedmen’s Town and the lawsuit filed in 2015 by the Coalition to prevent that is still in the courts.

But Dorris Ellis, the group’s president, has contacted Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office to schedule a meeting.

“Our goals are still the same and we are hopeful that this new mayor would also be amenable to provide the infrastructure that is needed for the residents of the area, to put that infrastructure under the sidewalk, as opposed to destroying those historic bricks,” Ellis says.

Ellis added her group is ready “to make sure that we preserve that last little bit of history that’s left.”

The Houston Chronicle reported in February Turner says he doesn’t want to lose Freedmen’s Town.

As they wait to meet with the mayor, the coalition members are staying active.

They held a Walk-a-Thon on April 2nd and raised around $1,200.

The group will donate part of the money to the law firm that represents them in the lawsuit.

They will also use the funds raised to pay for upcoming events and support the Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, located in the Fourth Ward.

Freedmen’s Town has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

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