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Dark Was The Night - Tour of the Camp Logan Uprising

  • African American Library at the Gregory School 1300 Victor Street Houston, TX, 77019 United States (map)

Join this tour through the history and geography of the Camp Logan Uprising of 1917. Alternatively known as the Houston Riot, the uprising was a mutiny of over 100 black soldiers, reacting to threats and abuse from white citizens and the police.

The battle-hardened soldiers of the 24th Infantry were among the most-respected colored units in Army. The war-time posting of this elite fighting force in a hostile Southern city created tensions that erupted on a hot and rainy summer evening. As the sun rose the following morning, 16 people lay dead, including five policemen.

What events set up this night of violence, and what was the spark that ignited the catastrophic explosion? See the places central to the story that are hiding in plain sight.

Topics explored on the tour include:

  • The perpetuation of power dynamics

  • The building of resentment

  • Communal response to trauma

  • The destruction of communities

…accompanied by a period soundtrack of Texas Blues, Ragtime, and Slide Piano.


Each tour is limited to 10 participants. Reservations are REQUIRED.

Wednesday, June 26, 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 10, 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 23, 7:30pm

WHERE: Beginning at the African American Library at the Gregory School, in Houston's Historic Fourth Ward

DURATION: Approximately 2 hours. The tour is by foot, and by bus. Total walking distance is a little over 1 mile

Donations accepted and appreciated, but not obligatory. All donations go to the artist, and will be reinvested into this ongoing project.


This tour is supported by DiverseWorks and is presented in conjunction with the upcoming performance Fire and Movement, a newly commissioned public performance by interdisciplinary Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The artist and a trained group of performers will retrace the route and narrative of the 1917 Camp Logan Uprising, one of Houston’s most complicated and often-misrepresented historical events.

In his work, Pinder often explores the tangled representations, visual tropes, and myths surrounding historical events. Fire and Movement is part of Pinder’s national tour, Red Summer (May-July 2019), that takes its title from a term coined by author James Weldon to refer to the deadly race riots that took place during the summer of 1919. Red Summer will be enriched through community conversations in Houston, and across the South, as the artist travels from Illinois to Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, presenting performances and events that revisit this significant part of U.S. history.

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