5216 Montrose Boulevard,
Houston, Texas 77006
In Houston’s Fourth Ward sits Freedmen’s Town: the city’s first enclave of freed Black people. The works on view here engage with the settlement’s history and cultural context with contributions from a dozen local Black artists. They worked together with fifth-generation Freedmen’s Town resident Charonda Johnson, researchers, the Freedmen’s Town African American History Research Center, and Studio KER. The resulting works of photographic and video art, furniture design, and VR capture the history, present, and the potential of Freedmen’s Town if not for systemic forces that conspired against its continued prosperity.