Exhibits and Events

Upcoming Events

Our community liaison coordinates lectures and other programs for our community. We welcome our patrons and their families to lectures, educational and social events by our community liaison. Sign up for our newsletter so you never miss an event!

Over Time: Documenting Life in the Fourth Ward 1880s-1980s
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 6 PM - 8 PM

Archivists of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the African American Library at the Gregory School present selected collections that help provide documetary evidence on what life was like in the Fourth Ward during the span of the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Presenters will speak about the history of the community, detail the materials in the featured collections and point to the need for more documentation of the community's recent history.

MLK and the Vietnam War
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 2 PM

April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination. In keeping with ASALH's theme and our four month series of events examining the life and legacy of Dr. King, we are pleased to have Dr. Jason Nichols, professor of African American Studies at the University of Maryland, guide us through an exploration of King and his anti-war stance. Join us for this timely and important conversation.

Black Soldiers in WWI
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 2 PM

WWI is a period often overlooked in Black History Month celebrations. Join us as author and professor emeritus, Dr. Garna Christian shares from his work, Black Soldiers in Jim Crow Texas, 1899-1917. Christian, a native Houstonian and army veteran, holds a PH.D. in history from Texas Tech University and recently retired as professor emeritus at the University of Houston Downtown. He has written extensively on the black military, Texas music and Texas authors. Christian is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Assoiation and recipient of its May Jon and J.P. bryan Leadership in Education Award.

I Am Not Your Negro
Saturday, February 17,2018 | 2 PM

Combining Baldwin's manuscript with footage of depictions of African Americans throughout American history, this documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson uses Baldwin's words to illuminate the pervasiveness of American racism and the efforts to curtail it, from the civil rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter.

Frederick Douglass
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 2PM

With the exact date of his birth unknown, abolitionist Frederick Douglass chose February 14, 1818 as his birthday, thus making February 2018 his 200th! From his escape on a Maryland plantation, to his days as a newspaper publisher, to his role as a presidential advisor, Douglass promoted education as the key to success and bravely fought to make America a better place for all. Join us as Bright Star Theatre Presents their production celebrating the power of education and how each of us can accomplish whatever we set our hearts to.

Current Exhibit


Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase
January 23, 2018 - June 2, 2018

On June 7, 1950, at the University of Texas in Austin, John Saunders Chase became the first African American to enroll at a major university in the South. Chase later became the first licensed African American architect in Texas and is considered one of the most important African American architects of the 20th century.

Featuring architectural drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, and objects from his personal collection, Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase offers insight into the man who built an unparalleled legacy. The concurrent companion exhibition, Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase, highlights the work of several architects who worked with Chase as well as those he influenced over the years.

Programming FAQ

If you are interested in speaking or holding a program at the Gregory School. What is the criteria for that?

Our community liaison maintains a calendar of events for the Gregory School. Call us at 832-393-1440 or email us at hpl.gregoryschool@houstontx.gov to discuss details about your proposed program. We have a strict set of guidelines that governs what types of events we have here.

If you are interested in having an evening event at the Gregory School. How should you coordinate that?

Information on our special events spaces may be found here.

Special events at the Gregory School are coordinated through Houston Public Library's Event Coordinator, Ms. Mignonne Anderson. To contact her, send an email with the details of your event to mignonne.anderson@houstontx.gov and CC hpl.specialevents@houstontx.gov. You may also call 832.393.1646.

Docent Internship Program

Our docent internship program is starting soon! We are currently seeking university and high school students for internship opportunities.

Contact us if you are interested.

HISD 7th Grade Tours

We are working with HISD to bring 7th grade Texas History students to our facility. We invite social studies teachers, counselors, and coordinators to contact us about field trips.


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