Day 97 in my Legacy Journal continues the conversation about the Wards of Houstons. The Third Ward - one of the six historic Wards of Houston, located in the southeastern part of Houston, bordered by the Gulf Freeway (Interstate 45), the South Loop (Interstate 610), Almeda Road, and Cleburne Street.
The Third Ward has a rich history and is home to several notable institutions, including Texas Southern University, a historically black university, housing the Barbara Jordan Archives and Library, the University of Houston, and the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The neighborhood is also known for its cultural landmarks, such as Emancipation Park, and Project Row Houses.
The Third Ward is predominantly African American, although it is also home to other ethnic groups. Despite its historic significance, diversity, and cultural contributions, the Third Ward has faced challenges related to poverty, crime, and gentrification in recent years. However, efforts are being made to revitalize the neighborhood and preserve its cultural heritage.