Thanks in part to the relationship between Sam Houston and Joshua Houston, his one-time slave, Joshua was able to acquire both wealth and prestige in the African American community of Huntsville. After the Civil War, the African American settlers enjoyed a period of growth and resurgence. African American businesses and numerous churches were constructed along 10th Street in an area known as Rogersville and along Avenue M, which people called The Drag. Samuel Walker Houston Junior’s home site at Avenue N and 14th Street, built in the 1880s, still stands today. By the 1880s, the African American community and the churches created the Bishop Ward Normal and Collegiate Institute. Several years later the Sam Houston Industrial and Training School was established. This tour will include visits to the Oakwood Cemetery and the grave sites of Joshua Houston and his family as well as the graves of many of the prominent African Americans of the period. We will also tour the Grant's Colony area and the site of the future Cultural Center. Our tour guides will also include a delicious lunch at one of the local African American restaurants.
9:00 am – Board the Joye Mobile at the Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center.
9:15 – 11:30 – Learn about the Bishop Ward Normal and Collegiate Institute on Old Madisonville Road.
Continue down 10th street into the Rogersville neighborhood and the site of the Joshua Houston Home and the First Missionary Baptist Church. Learn about Jeff Hamilton and the book he wrote about his experiences with Sam Houston. Visit Samuel Walker Houston’s home on Avenue , Drive through Emancipation Park and learn more about the development of the park in 1915, Designation as a city park in 1963. Stop at Oakwood Cemetery and visit the gravesites of Joshua, Samuel and Mettawer.
12:00 – Lunch at a local restaurant.
1:00 – Continue the tour going past the area known as The Flat and up the hill to view the Southend Cemetery. Out of town we will visit the Quaker farms area and other settlements. From there we will go five miles West on SH 30 to the intersection with Williams Road. There we will get to visit the Galilee Community and the possible development of new site of the African American Cultural Center.
2:00 – Return home.
For your safety, the bus is fully sanitized and disinfected before each tour. Masks are available for your use.
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February 9, 2022
One Day Tours
8 - 12 People Total
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