Celebrating Black History

Highlights from the Harris County Archives

In observance of Black History Month, we are showcasing the legacy of African-Americans in Harris County. This is not intended to be an in-depth study of the African-American experience in Harris County, nor does it provide a complete picture of the political history of elected officials or county government operations. Instead, it is a sampling of documents and images featuring African-Americans in the community and in Harris County government positions.

Harris County government has not always been a place of equal access and opportunity for people of color, which is both reflected in the records seen here, but also in the omissions. Harris County has had a considerable impact on the lives of African-Americans, and African-Americans have, in turn, made significant contributions to our local government, community, and shared history. We hope this exhibit will serve as both a remembrance of past struggles, as well as a tribute to the successes of the enterprising trailblazers among us.