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Live at Emancipation Park for Juneteenth: Monday’s Show (June 19, 2017)

Posted on · Houston Matters broadcasts live from Emancipation Park with people celebrating the reopening of this cherished resource in Houston's African American community.

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New Opera Tells the Story of Historic Harris County Court Case

Posted on · When members of Houston Grand Opera perform tonight (May 4, 2016), it won’t be on the Wortham Theater Stage. Instead, it’ll be inside a courtroom full of lawyers. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop has more on the opera, called What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline. It’s based on an historic […]

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Juneteenth: Celebrating 150 Years of Freedom

Posted on · On this day 150 years ago, slaves in Texas learned they were free. June 19th became known as Juneteenth, a day for freed slaves to celebrate their emancipation. To mark this 150th anniversary, Michael Hagerty tells us more about the first Juneteenth, how Juneteenth celebrations have evolved over the years and about a new resource to help […]

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Novel Questions Events Surrounding 1860 Dallas Fire

Posted on · Silent We Stood is a novel that considers whether Texas played a bigger part in the abolitionist movement during the 1800s than many historians believe. Author Henry Chappell’s story begins with the fire that broke out in Dallas in July of 1860. There was fear that the fires marked the start of a Texas slave […]