Houston - Emancipation Avenue Main Street District

Independence Trail Region

Emancipation Avenue Main Street (EAMS) is a culture-based economic driver, that supports Historic Third Ward entrepreneurs in achieving their goals for equitable and sustainable community development. The goal is to catalyze commerce along Emancipation Avenue and the surrounding community, leading to the preservation and revitalization of what was once the epicenter of small business and commerce for African Americans in the City.

Emancipation Avenue Main Street features dozens of home-grown local businesses that delight residents and visitors alike. Bakeries, restaurants, salons, retail, art galleries, tour companies, historic sites, and health/fitness studios and facilities.

Emancipation Avenue Main Street joined the Texas Main Street Program in 2019.

Project Row Houses is one of the staples in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures (shotgun houses) that serve as a home base to a variety of community-enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities.

Houston - Emancipation Avenue Main Street District