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Emancipation Avenue Bus Stop Tours

  • Eldorado Ballroom 2310 Elgin Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)
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Bus Stop Tours

Auguat 18, 2018 | 6 pm + 8 pm
Each tour is one hour in length.
Departs from Eldorado Building | 2310 Elgin Street

The Bus Stop Tours, organized by Naomi Mitchell Carrier, share a complete history of African-American Texans along Emancipation Avenue. In her Field Study for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Conference that was held in Houston in 2017, Carrier proposed that the corridor holds significant markers that trace this history through Slavery, the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction + the Rise of Jim Crow to the growth of entrepreneurship, the Black Panther Party + the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and the renaming of Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue.

Using these six incremental periods of history, Naomi Carrier and Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Project Advisor, have developed a six-stop bus tour up and down Emancipation Avenue. This living history tour has reenactors at each stop to share the stories of significant events from each historical period.

This initiative is supported by Project Row Houses through the Strategic Art Plan, generously funded by Houston Endowment.


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.

About the Strategic Art Plan 

In the Northern Third Ward neighborhood, it is essential to cultivate independent change agents and focus art and creativity as well as the general well-being and wealth building of the residents in our community. Our mission is to empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art & direct action. Generously funded by Houston Endowment, the Strategic Art Plan works to collaborate with organizations based in the Third Ward to present public art engagement opportunities for the community.