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About Us

We are the friends of the African American Library – Gregory. Here is some information about us.

Our History

Organized in 2017, the African American Library – Gregory Friends is an all volunteer 501 (c) (3) Tax Exempt organization that functions as the support group for the African American Library; a special collections unit of the Houston Public Library System.

Our Vision

To assist and promote the African American Library-Gregory School (AAL-GS) to be recognized as a premier place to see, learn, acquire and preserve the rich historical accomplishments of African-Americans in Texas and the surrounding states.

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Latest News

Lana Cloth Edwards, Board Member

   Lana Cloth Edwards, is a dedicated educator who devoted 37 years serving the Houston, Texas community as a teacher, Magnet School Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Principal.       She received …

Rebecca Hankins, Board Member

Hankins, who has worked for the Texas A&M University Libraries since 2003, is an associate professor, curator and archivist for Africana Studies, Woman’s and Gender Studies, and Arabic language. Also, …

LaWanda Burrell, Author, Board Member

LaWanda Lewis Burrell is a native of Greenville, Alabama who has lived in the Houston area for over 20 years with her husband and three beautiful children. She received her …

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Syble Smith Davis, President

Syble Smith Davis hails from Palestine, Texas. She came to Houston to attend Texas Southern University where she graduated with a BA and MA in English, with minors in Spanish …