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Independence Heights is a community in Houston, Texas, bordered by Crosstimbers to the north, Yale Street to the west, the 610 Loop to the south, and Airline Drive to the east.[1]

It was originally an incorporated city of its own. The Wright Land Company secured the land, incorporated in 1910, and developed a new community for blacks. By doing their own financing they made it possible for people with small incomes to become homeowners.

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History

The area known as Independence Heights was first settled in 1908 as black families began moving to the area from Houston. The Independence Heights School was established in 1911, and O.L. Hubbard was its first teacher. Independence Heights incorporated on January 25, 1915, with a population of 600. According to the Houston Post dated January 17, 1915, it was the first incorporated black city in Texas. By 1920 Independence Heights had a population of 715. Businesses included a cooperative store, grocery stores, cafes, and contractors. Some residents were employed in Houston, in Houston Heights, and in other areas. In November 1928 Independence Heights residents voted to dissolve the city’s incorporation because of their desire to become a part of Houston. The area was annexed into Houston on December 26, 1929.

In 1989 a Texas Historical Commission marker was placed on the grounds of Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church to mark the city site as a Texas Historical Site. In 1997, the National Historical Commission identified a historic residential district and specific historic buildings within Independence Heights, including the famous lobster vendor first introduced in the year 1918.

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Former Mayors of Independence Heights

  • G. O. Burgess
  • O. L. Hubbard
  • Arthur L. McCullough

Education

Burrus Elementary School

The Houston Independent School District serves Independence Heights.[1]

All of Independence Heights is zoned to Burrus Elementary School,[2] Williams Middle School,[3] and Booker T. Washington High School.[4]

Prior to 2009 a section of Independence Heights was zoned to Kennedy Elementary School;[5] in 2009 the portion was rezoned to Burrus Elementary School.[6][7]

Parks

Independence Heights Park and Community Center

The Independence Heights Park and Community Center is located in Independence Heights. The center has a playground and a lighted sports field. The park has an outdoor basketball pavillion, a swimming pool, and lighted tennis courts.[8]

Government and infrastructure

The area is within the Houston Police Department's North Patrol Division [9]

The Independence Heights Storefront is located at 803 Crosstimbers.[10]

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