Celebrate Juneteenth with PRH!
Juneteenth Festivities | Noon - 5pm
Unveiling of Mural | 3-4pm
Emancipation Ave Bus Stop Tour | 4 + 6pm
Eldorado Building | 2310 Elgin Street
Join Project Row Houses as we celebrate Juneteenth in style! We'll be gathering with our community at the Historic Eldorado Ballroom right across from Emancipation Park for an afternoon of fun, food, and family! BBQ + other goodies will be served as DJ Elevated provides music for the event.
We will also be hosting a special unveiling of a mural created by artist Colby Deal, part of his project Beautiful, Still. Later in the day, Naomi Carrier will host the first iteration of her Six-Stop Bus Tour, which she'll lead along Emancipation Avenue as she shares the history of African-American Texans! See you Tuesday, June 19!
About the Mural
Beautiful, Still is a photographic project that captures and creates a beautiful rendition of Third Ward community and its landscape. Artist Colby Deal began to challenge the negative portrayal of urban communities, such as Third Ward, by minimizing the negative imagery perpetuated by the media and society. As the project developed over time, he began wheat-pasting mural-sized portraits around the neighborhood, creating an opportunity for self-appreciation and empowerment. This gesture allows for another perspective of Black life that is not typically seen through the local and national media and society at large. Beautiful, Still is an effort to preserve the culture and history of the Third Ward neighborhood as it is in the process of rapid gentrification and erasure of its character. Colby is determined to bring a kind of preciousness to the remaining buildings, whether they are abandoned or operating businesses.
This initiative is supported by Project Row Houses through the Strategic Art Plan, generously funded by Houston Endowment.
Colby Deal is a photographic artist born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is a recent 2018 BFA graduate from the University of Houston. Within his practice, he explores many elements such as the culmination of not only the psychological environment but the physical as well. He wants to show the dynamic range of family, community and the individual by combining street photography and portraiture to capture vibrant communities. Colby is directly inspired by his upbringing. As a child, he remembers getting to see his family’s photographs, mostly taken by his father. This appreciation for slowing down and concentrating on photographing what’s right in front of him, “The Now,” has led him to be more in touch with using analog photography and giving up that instant gratification that comes with shooting digitally.
Naomi Mitchell Carrier is a consummate artist with a background in Black Music, Texas History, and heritage tourism. She uses her gifts to educate in the public arena, which she has done for over 30 years at festivals, in museums, at schools and universities, libraries and historic sites, with exhibits, musicals, and tours. This Emancipation Avenue Bus Stop Tour is the result of a field study Carrier created for the National Trust for Historic Preservation that comes to life on Juneteenth, 2018. The project is a companion to THE BLUES ENDURANCE EXHIBIT, that opens at the MATCH GALLERY from June 9 - 23 that showcases The Eugene Carrier Collection. The Bus Stop Tours commence June 19th, and continue from June 30, July 1, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18 to August 25. The Project Row Houses Strategic Art Plan initiative provided this opportunity, and TCAALH, the Texas Center for African American Living History, has used the playwriting skills of Naomi Carrier, author of Go Down Old Hannah: The Living History of African American Texans, to create a historical journey that takes visitors inside a time capsule from 1850 to 2017.