Houston: Texas Southern University

Located just a few miles south of downtown Houston, Texas Southern University’s (TSU) founding dates to 1927, when it was established as the Houston Colored Junior College with an enrollment of 300.  The university experienced growth throughout the 20th century, becoming a state university of 1947.  It now enrolls nearly 10,000 students.

During the past six decades, TSU students have showcased cultural events and artistic expression by painting colorful murals in the campus’ Hannah Hall. Recent grants have funded careful restoration of the inspirational murals, which are accessible via public tours the first Sunday of every month.  TSU also houses an impressive archive collection, including the papers of prominent African American legislators Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland, as well as significant art holdings in its University Museum.  The Museum’s highlights include the African Art Collection, the Carroll Harris Simms Sculpture Collection and the Alumni Art Collection. 

Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX

University Museum 

  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
  • Admission: none
  • Located in the Fairchild Building on Blodgett St.
  • 713-313-7145
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Robert J. Terry Library Special Collections (includes the Barbara Jordan Papers)