Lauren Luna | Freedman’s Town
Oil on Canvas
Freedman’s Town was home to the freed slaves of Houston. Considered the worst part of the city; swampland, an undesired part of the city. The City refused to pave the streets there, so the inhabitants made their own bricks and built their own roads. Now gentrification has overtaken the area and it’s riddled with condos, townhomes, and modernization. But on some of those streets, you can still see the original bricks laid by those freed slaves, who worked so hard to have something even when they were denied their rights.