John Henry (Jack) Yates, Father of Black Houston

By Frank Thompson
As I begin to countdown the Juneteenth Emancipation walk from Galveston to Houston I will be doing with my good friend Kenny Johnston, I wanted to share some of the stories we’ve begun encountering. I’ll start with the story of John Henry (Jack) Yates, a freeman who voluntarily allowed himself to be enslaved in order to keep his family together. Yet six years after emancipation, he not only built his own home, but also played a key role in establishing Freedmen’s Town in Houston, Texas.  Click  on  the picture of Yates to  learn  more about  this  courageous  leader.
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