Historic bricks in Freedmen’s Town removed

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HOUSTON — Houston residents living in the city’s Fourth Ward are fighting back once again after watching construction workers destroy an invaluable piece of history.

The bricks in Freedmen’s Town are more than street pavement, but rather a symbol of freedom. After the Civil War, free slaves laid down the bricks as they built the district just east of Downtown.

On Monday, the city started ripping the road apart.

Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted the work was not authorized and should not have occurred, adding no one should have touched Andres Street with authorization. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee wasn’t pleased either.

Residents said the fight is not over.

“We’re gonna do what we gotta do to preserve as much of this as we can,” a resident said.