Freedmen’s Town is a historically Black community settled by formerly enslaved people after the Juneteenth announcement of Emancipation in 1865. Despite its cultural and architectural significance, it has faced ongoing disintegration of historic character and assets.
The Houston Freedmen's Town Conservancy is raising $300,000 (originally $500,000 thanks to several outside contributions) to purchase 1609 Saulnier, an original contributing structure currently for sale and at risk of being demolished. Freedmen’s Town is an important cultural touchstone in both African American and Texas history. 1609 Saulnier is listed in the inventory of the United States Department of Interior - National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places in the Freedmen’s Town Historic District.
Freedmen's Town originally contained over 530 historic structures within the 40 block area. Now there are less than 50 contributing structures standing. Our collective history is erased with each demolition, so we need your help to preserve the legacy of this historic building, ensure it is preserved by the City of Houston in perpetuity, and prevent the gradual destruction of Houston’s Freedmen’s Town Historic District.
Upon purchase, the property will be donated to a City of Houston sponsored entity that meets the affordable housing, preservation and land trust criteria. Landmark status would be applied immediately, renovations (funded by the city) would take place, and 1609 Saulnier would become affordable housing within the Freedmen’s Town Historic District.
If our goal is not
met by 12/15/22, we will not secure funding for 1609 Saulnier and we will refund your donation. For additional information contact Fundraising Coordinator Bill Baldwin (281.850.6862 or [email redacted]
) or Executive Director of Freedmen’s Town Conservancy Zion Escobar ([email redacted]
About The Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy:
The Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which protects and preserves Freedmen’s Town for the benefit of future generations. The Conservancy supports community engagement, re-education, and heritage tourism, and is the conservator of Freedmen’s Town as the City of Houston’s first Heritage District. For more information: instagram.com/houstonfreedmenstown