Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum Announces Groundbreaking Play ‘In All Thy Getting’, to Preserve Houston’s Historic Freedmen’s Town Settlement

Style Magazine Newswire | 10/26/2016, 9:51 a.m.
The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum announces the debut of In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town by ...

HOUSTON, Texas - The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum announces the debut of In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town by Houston native, playwright Holly Charles, M.A. Running for a limited time at The Ensemble Theatre from June 16th - 18th, 2017, this groundbreaking new play will be directed by Allie Woods Jr., of New York and a descendant of an historic founding family of Freedmen’s-Town 4th Ward.

Freedmen’s Town is the most endangered post-civil war National Register Historic District of its kind. Located along present day Buffalo Bayou, Freedmen’s Town was founded and built by previously enslaved peoples and their descendants after Emancipation in 1865.

In support of The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum’s mission to preserve the rich cultural history, significant architectural homes, churches and brick streets of Freedmen’s Town, Holly Charles penned In All Thy Getting to raise funds for the nonprofit organization.

“This is an opportunity for Houstonians to celebrate our history and, more specifically, for Black Houstonians to take pride in the tradition of excellence set forth by our ancestors,” said Playwright Holly Charles, M.A. "I offer this play as a reminder to all of us about the power of the people, the power of perseverance and, finally, the power of preservation.”

“We are honored and grateful for Ms. Charles’s dedication to developing and producing the play,” said Theophilus Herrington, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors of RBHYates Museum. “She is providing another venue to expose new people to the history of heroes of Freedmen’s Town.

“Ms. Charles’s creative work will help to raise funds to preserve the actual homes, churches, archaeology and brick streets as a living museum district for future generations,” said Catherine Roberts, Co-Founder of RBHYates Museum.


Tickets, including group ticket packages, will be available Spring 2017 on the Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum website and The Ensemble Theatre website or at the Box Office All proceeds to benefit The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum and the preservation efforts in the historic 4th Ward.

For updates on social media, follow the official hashtags #PreserveFreedmensTown and #HOUFreedmensTown, like the Facebook page at or follow on Instagram @preservefreedmenstown.


The Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum was established in 1996 in response to the plea from Olee Yates McCullough, M.A., the daughter of Rutherford B.H. Yates, Sr. and granddaughter of Rev. Jack Yates, one of the founding families of Freedmen’s Town. RBHY Museum’s mission of “Cultural Understanding and Education through Historic Preservation and Archaeological Research into the enslaved and Freedmen’s experiences in the world.”


Freedmen’s Town 4th Ward was considered the "Mother Ward" for African Americans. Houston's National Register Historic District of Freedmen's Town 4th Ward had the largest cluster of historic homes, historic churches, and brick streets, all built by freed men after Emancipation in 1865. By 1907, it was 94% owned by the freedmen and their descendants. This National Register Historic District is the only remaining urban freedmen's settlement for on-going research and Archaeology Field School Courses in the US.