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Historic Bricks Laid By Ex-Slaves In Houston Reinstalled, At Freedmen’s Town

“We will continue to work with the community to preserve this important historical neighborhood,” Mayor Turner said, in the statement

Thousands of bricks laid by ex-slaves at Freedmen’s Town in Houston are being returned to the historic spot after removal in 2016 for storm drain work.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says city crews on Wednesday began re-installation of road bricks in the neighborhood that in the 1860s became home to former slaves. In a statement, Turner’s office said the re-installation of historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town at the corner of Andrews and Genesee is a significant milestone reached before the end of Black History Month. 

“We will continue to work with the community to preserve this important historical neighborhood,” Mayor Turner said, in the statement. “The bricks were originally laid down by freed slaves more than 100 years ago. I am pleased we could start this project before the end of February.”

In November of 2016, a City contractor mistakenly removed bricks, while working on a drainage project. 

A city contractor accidentally removed a portion of a historical brick street in Freedmen’s Town, in November of 2016.

Preservationists raised concerns about possible damage to the more than 3,600 bricks. In a statement, Turner’s office said, “An archeologist will be on site at all times to oversee everything and prepare a final report documenting all work.”

The re-installation of the bricks was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of December, but Hurricane Harvey and other weather-related issues pushed the completion date back.

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