The Huntsville Cultural District was organized in 2009 and includes much of the downtown area. It covers the artistic, historical, architectural and cultural aspects of the town. Will go into detail about the sites.
I want to point out that VT lead me to this very interesting Part of Huntsville -- u see I read all the VT post before I went as I normally do and Mikes post and his writing about his face on the wall well that was so cool.
Mike's face VT Post
Part of my pilgrimage to Huntsville is really a pilgrimage into the rich culture and history of the African American community in this part of Texas including the rich culinary history that is Texas BBQ. For the visitor Huntsville is a wonderful place to have a look at the rich part of our culture that is America - a blend of world cultures that has from the very beginning had a huge influence from Americans of African heritage.
In photo you can see the The Dreamer a sculpture done in 1995. The sculpture is located on the grounds of the Samuel W. Houston secondary school, named for Samuel Walker Houston (1864-1945) well know African-American educator and civil rights pioneer.
The Samuel Walker Houston school building now serves the community of Huntsville, Texas as the Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center. This takes me to Huntsville's very own Samuel Walker Houston His mother was a slave owned by the Houston Family he went on to become a prominent African-American pioneer in the field of education. Samuel W. Houston founded the Galilee Community School in 1907, which later became known as the Houstonian Normal and Industrial Institute. Samuel Walker Houstons father was Joshua Houston, who was a slave “owned” initially by Houston's second wife and after the Civil War Joshua became a politician in Huntsville.
Below in the website is a video of the Huntsville prison work camp music -- wonderful African American Folk