Those Who Desire

Exploring the uncommon, lost, often difficult histories of the Bayou City

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Freedmen's Town Walking Tour

A WALKING TOUR OF UNCOMMON HISTORY IN HOUSTON'S FREEDMEN'S TOWN

In 1836, Houston founders Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen stepped out of a boat onto the banks of Buffalo Bayou, staked their claim, and shortly executed the first of many shady business deals in Houston’s history. From that first real estate scam, a whole city was born.

Those Who Desire is a project taking an uncommon, and critical look at Houston’s well-known histories, and delving into its lost, often difficult ones. 

This walking tour is a fundraiser benefiting the upcoming Those Who Desire bus tours, and is PAY WHAT YOU CAN (suggested donation is $20).

Join this walking tour through the oldest and most prominent Black enclave in Houston. Confront the forgotten and ignored past of this historic, and abused neighborhood on the edge of Downtown. 

Following emancipation, thousands of newly freed slaves from Brazos River cotton plantations and elsewhere flooded the city, settling along the soggy banks of Buffalo Bayou, in the Fourth Ward. The community that sprang up in the newly dubbed "Freedmen's Town" established the first of Houston's important Black institutions - churches, schools, hospitals, and businesses. 

In the 1940s White developments displaced Black residents. 
By the 1960s the Interstate cut the settlement in half. 
By the 1980s most of the original families had left, and crack moved in.
In the 2000s gentrification began, and "Midtown" began to erase its history

Over the decades, Freedmen's Town truly has been CHOPPED and SCREWED.
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Topics explored on the tour include:

- God and Family
- Self Determination
- Murder and Mayhem
- Baseball
- SEX, DRUGS and MUSIC!!!

…and so much more!

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TOUR INFORMATION
Reservations are REQUIRED. 

WHEN: 
Saturday, February 11, 1pm

WHERE: 
In Houston's Historic Fouth Ward (rally point to be determined)

DURATION: 
Approximately 1.5 hours. Total walking is about 1.5 miles

COST: 
PAY WHAT YOU CAN! (Suggested donation is $20). It is a fundraiser, so whatever you can give is appreciated. Not sure yet if it's worth it? Get the free ticket, and pay me when it's over. I'm easy, and I'm trying to make it easy on you too!

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THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BY THE IDEA FUND.

The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses, and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Earlier Event: October 26
Downtown "Ghost" Tour