The African American Library at the Gregory School opened its doors in 2009. Located in the historic Freeman’s Town on the edge of Downtown Houston, the library is housed in the Edgar M. Gregory School, which served as the first public school for African Americans in the city.
The first library of its kind in Houston and one of the few African American libraries in the country, the Gregory School endeavors to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in the region and the African Diaspora.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the library also showcases temporary exhibits on all aspects of African American culture and hosts regular guest lectures.
The historic building was reconditioned for use by historians, researchers, and the general public. The African American Library at the Gregory School is the newest of three special collections operated by the Houston Public library.