Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(1824 - 1906)
Richard Brock was born enslaved in Kentucky and brought to Texas around 1847. After emancipation, he became an early land owner, civic and political leader in Houston. He was a trustee of the Colored People of Harris County Festival Association and was active in the growth of Emancipation Park. Brock resided in the First Ward and operated a blacksmith shop downtown. In 1870, Governor E.J. Davis appointed him as one of the city's first Negro aldermen to represent the Fourth Ward. In 1872, he was elected alderman for the First Ward. Brock also served as a federal juror and delegate to the 1873 state Republican convention.
He was a founding member of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church organized in 1869 in the First Ward. He later assisted with purchasing land and building the church's first structure. In 1875, he helped establish Olivewood Cemetery, one of Houston's oldest colored burial grounds, in addition to the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Texas, Magnolia Lodge No. 3. A Houston school was named in his honor in 1928, followed by a city park in 2007. A lane in Houston's Oak Park/Golden
Erected 2020 by Four Corners Public Art Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
Location. 29° 44.131′ N, 95° 21.987′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Elgin Street and Hutchins Street, on the right when traveling west on Elgin Street. The marker is located in the western corner of the Emancipation Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist (within shouting distance of this marker); Reverend John Henry "Jack" Yates (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Legacy of Emancipation Park (about 700 feet away); Richard Allen (about 700 feet away); Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sam (Lightnin’) Hopkins (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reverend David Elias Dibble (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . ELEMENTS OF CHANGE - Four Corners Public Art Project. Richard C. Adams Public Art Collection:
In 1872 Richard Allen, Richard Brock, Jack Yates, and(Submitted on April 18, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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