Gregory Library Watch

Preserving working class Black history

This is what Ethnic Cleansing looks like

The City of Houston spent over $410,000 taking some houses right next to the African American Library at Gregory. Of course the houses are from the 1930s and made up some of the 550 contributing structures when the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic places back in 1985. (see: Nat’l Register listing) Using eminent domain, the city pushed out two African American families and one Latino family. See the document showing  that right here:

The City could be earning over $1,400 a month in rents from these properties, but instead of fixing up the houses, they’ve left them deteriorate, making them an eyesore:

In fact Dr. Rhea Lawson:

the director of the Houston Public Library who signed the document to take the houses, is responsible for destroying more than one African American family’s life. Here’s the press conference from when the last family got kicked out in December 2009 (note the Gregory Library in the background):

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October 25, 2010 Posted by | ethnic cleansing, taxpayer waste | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Press Conference Tuesday Sept. 7 @ 10 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Freedmen’s Town – Gregory Library Watch will hold a press conference at 1204 Victor  (next to the Gregory Library) in the historic Fourth Ward.

The press conference concerns Dr. Rhea Lawson, the director of the Houston Public Library system and the investigation of Lawson for the falsification of government documents and much more.

Gregory Library Watch is a non-profit organization of Freedmen Town resident activists dedicated to preserving all of the African American history in Freedmen’s Town.

Download flyer –  GLW prescon flyer 9.7.10

September 1, 2010 Posted by | Press Conference, press release, Rhea Lawson | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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