Huntsville: Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center

Samuel Walker Houston was the son of Joshua Houston, a slave owned by Sam Houston. Born into slavery in 1864, Samuel grew up to become an educator, founding the Galilee Community School in 1907 for African American students in grades 1–11. It was later known as the Houstonian Normal and Industrial Institute, then as the Samuel W. Houston High School. The museum shares Samuel Walker Houston's legacy through exhibits featuring artifacts and photos of the school. Outside on the grounds is the “Dreamers” sculpture, a curved, concrete wall featuring 69 faces depicting multiple generations of African Americans. Just over a mile to the northeast is Emancipation Park, where Huntsville’s African American community has celebrated Juneteenth since 1915.

Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center