Letter from the Editor – Southeast Houston

By Carroll Parrott Blue, Guest Editor University of Houston Research Professor Center for Public History “Home: A place that provides access to every opportunity America has to offer.”  – Anita Hill, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home, epigram.  In the 1970s some Houstonians greeted integration’s promise of greater access to educational equality […]

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Palm Center: A Window into Southeast Houston

With the recent addition of the Southeast line to the METRORail network, the Greater Third Ward is geared for revitalizing changes. The new line extends from downtown to the Palms Center, a former shopping center located at the intersection of Griggs Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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The Kuhlmann Family: Planting Roots for Future Generations

In 1836 young Johann Frederick Kuhlmann made his way from Germanto America, eventually landing at the port of New Orleans after one of his sea journeys. Remaining in New Orleans working in various jobs, he continuously heard stories about the newly established Republic of Texas and its capital, Houston. To satisfy his curiosity, he made a trip to Houston and liked what he saw: a bustling little town that might provide him a promising future.

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Neglected gully gets some love, and a benchmark

Kuhlman Gully is a quiet 1.09-mile tributary that flows into Brays Bayou. Cavanaugh Nweze remembers it from his childhood, “The Kuhlman Gully gave us many opportunities to play, to just get away from big city life, to skip rocks, and even sometimes to just get in trouble. . .

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MacGregor Park, A Gift to Houston

When people hear the name MacGregor Park they likely think of two notable Houstonians: Henry F. MacGregor, a businessman and philanthropist who helped shape Houston’s development in the first quarter of the twentieth century whose family donated the land for the park in his honor, and Olympian Zina Garrison, who became a world champion tennis player through John Wilkerson’s MacGregor Park Junior Tennis Program in the 1970s and who returned to Houston to encourage others to take up the game.

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The Life and Legacy of Overseer R. L. Braziel

On November 9, 2005, Ruby Lee Braziel, my grandmother, suffered a mild stroke in her home and was rushed to Houston’s St. Luke’s Hospital. When I returned home from school, my father, Darwin Allen Sr., told me what had happened – sad news that any grandson would hate to hear.

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Stories Along the Line: METRO’s New Southeast Light Rail

The Southeast Transit Corridor Stations will be located on the edges of Houston’s Third Ward, a predominately African American community. Given this community’s location, The Dawn Project / Johnston Marklee team consciously focused on honoring the powerful contributions of Houston’s African Americans. Working with six historians who specialize in African American history situated in Texas and the West, the combined team incorporated a special focus on Third Ward’s residents in its selection of the people and events that have made history with far reaching impact.

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