Gregory Library Watch

Preserving working class Black history

Media

Updated November 15, 2010

This page will archive some of the mainstream and indy media coverage about Gregory and also news about our efforts.

The hard copy of the Houston Chronicle published a short story about our criticisms of the library on November 14, 2010. Read it here.

Houston Indy Media published a story about the $168 cost per visitor at the Gregory on October 1, 2010. Read it right here.

On September 10, 2010 Indy Media published a story about the Gregory library pushing poor people out of the neighborhood. Read it here

On September 7, 2010 Tim O’Brien appeared on KPFT 90.1 FM local news.

On April 7, 2010 The Houston Chronicle published an article on the library system budged cuts read it:  HPL budget cuts HouChron 4.7.10

We published our complaint about the Inspector Generals office on March 19, 2010 on the Houston Indy media site, right here.

On March 10, 2010 Tim O’Brien and Lenwood Johnson appeared on KPFT’s Open Journal show to discuss various Freedman’s Town issues including the Gregory Library. Fast forward to 30 minute mark to hear that show right here.

On March 3, 2010 The Indy Media center posted our story about Mayor Parker’s reply to our open letter. Check it out here.

February 17, 2010 The Houston Indy media Center re-posted our press release about the cover up of the Inspector General’s referral about their investigation of discrimination at the Gregory. It’s here.

February 6, 2010 The Houston Indy media Center re-posted the Channel 13 story right here.

February 5, 2010 Gregory Library Watch received our first media coverage. Channel 13, the ABC affiliate did a story right here.

November 12, 2009 The Houston Chronicle ran another story about the upcoming grand opening. 11.12.09 Gregory

October 12, 2009 The Houston Chronicle ran a story about the imminent opening of Gregory. Gregory 10.12.09

February 26, 2009 The Houston Chronicle published a story about collecting artifacts at the Acres Holmes library for the Gregory.   Check it out: 2.26.09 Gregory

February 19, 2009 The Houston Chronicle published a story about collecting artifacts for Gregory. Check it out: 2.19.09 Gregory

February 12, 2009 The Houston Chronicle ran a short blurb on collecting artifacts for Gregory: 2.12.09 Gregory

May 15, 2008 The Houston Chronicle published a story on the construction of Gregory: Gregory 5.15.08

May 8, 2008 The Houston Chronicle ran a fairly in depth story on Gregory 5.8.08 Gregory

April 27, 2008 A Houston Chronicle story noted the community opposition to being left out in a meeting at Allen Parkway Village. Long time Freedmen Town activists Lenwood Johnson and Njeri Shakur are quoted in the story: 4.27.08 Gregory

January 6, 2008 The Houston Chronicle story notes stingy $12,000 contract given to Patricia Prather to collect artifacts. The story also  notes the terminated contract with the original architect (Jimmy Walker) but neglects to mention how much money the city wasted on that contract. 1.6.08 Gregory

December 11, 2003 The Houston Chronicle story notes the decision to turn the Gregory into an archival repository. Community issues are noted but only a bourgeoisie member of the community was quoted. 12.11.03 Gregory

August 25, 2003 The Houston Chronicle story notes Mayor Lee Brown’s insane plan to put housing on top of the Gregory School. Article also notes Catherine Roberts plan to renovate the building and charge admission. 8.25.03 Gregory

March 9, 2002 A Houston Chronicle story has a lot of detail about Mayor Lee Brown’s plan to let developers have their way with Gregory School by building market rate housing at Gregory. Activist Gladys House is quoted in the story. “They were trying to let their developer friends knock down the building and build lofts there,” said Gladys House, president of the Freedman’s Town Neighborhood Association. “I’m sick and tired of (Mayor Lee Brown’s) lies and deception.” 3.9.02

October 24, 2000 The Houston Chronicle story proclaims $1 million dollar grant that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison got for Freedmen’s Town. The grant was for affordable housing and the Gregory “museum.” 10.24.00 Gregory

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