Reverend John Henry “Jack” Yates - Houston, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
N 29° 44.085 W 095° 21.905
15R E 271255 N 3291736
Quick Description: One of several large mosaic works honoring community leaders. These are very new, as they are still fenced off.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2020 8:09:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM124D1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

A mosaic of Rev. Yates is at the top of the geometric inspired tower. There are several sun-like designs with round and square tiles. Colors are black, grey, white, yellows, orages, reds, and blues.

The text, on an inverted scalene triangle, tells of Rev. "Jack" Yates' contributions to early Houston.

Reverend John Henry “Jack” Yates (1828 - 1897)

One of Houston's most respected and influential religious, civic and business leaders, Jack Yates was born enslaved in Virginia. He was enslaved when he came to Matagorda County, Texas in 1860. After emancipation he moved his family to Houston. He was an astute businessman, developing the Freedmen’s Town area with homes, businesses, schools and churches. He was a drayman, carpenter, educator, property and business owner. In 1868, he was ordained as a Baptist Minister and became the first pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Yates, the Antioch congregation and the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church united for many community activities. Together they established the Colored People of Harris County Festival Association to purchase these 10 acres which became Emancipation Park, the first park in Houston and one of the oldest in Texas. After providing basic education for newly emancipated slaves and their children at Antioch, he also organized the Baptist Academy with the assistance of Northern Baptist missionaries. In 1890, he organized Bethel Baptist Church. Reverend Yates continued to organize churches and schools throughout Texas and the Southwest. In 1926, Houston ISD named a school in his honor. In 1994 the Yates home was moved to Sam Houston Park.

Specific visit requirements:
Daytime. In a group might be a good idea, as this is a "rough" area at times.

Corner of Emancipation Ave. and Elgin St.
Houston, TX USA

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