HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner made a special announcement Monday about the historic houses at Sam Houston Park, according to a release.
The homes share the stories of the periods of slavery, emancipation and reconstruction in the city of Houston, the release stated. Turner was joined by the Heritage Society and other community leaders.
The three historic homes will join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Slave Route Project site, designated to help preserve African American heritage and history, the mayor announced. UNESCO launched the project in 1994 to help people have a better understanding of slavery, slave trade, abolition and preserve heritage associated with African American history.
This international destination will help educate residents and visitors about the African American history in Houston.
Watch the full announcement and tour below: