- Third Ward, Houston, Texas
University of Houston] The Third Ward is one of the six historic wards of Houston, Texas, United States.
The Third Ward, located inside the
610 Loopis immediately southeast of Downtown Houstonand to the east of the Texas Medical Center. The ward became the center of Houston's African-Americancommunity.
The People's Party II, an activist group led by Carl Hampton was organized in the Third Ward in the Spring of 1970 to address police brutality on Blacks in the community.
Third Ward is traditionally known for its high crime rate and being one of Houston's poorest, most crime infested neighborhoods. Third Ward is also known for immense drug trafficking.
The Third Ward is in
Texas's 18th congressional district. [" [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/tx18_109.gifCongressional District 18] ." " National Atlas of the United States".] Its representative as of 2008 is Sheila Jackson Lee.
Colleges and universities
The Greater Third Ward area is home to two universities: the
University of Houstonand Texas Southern University.
Primary and secondary schools
Area students attend schools in the
Houston Independent School District, including Ryan Middle School [" [http://dept.houstonisd.org/ab/schoolboundarymaps/RyanMS.pdf Ryan Middle Attendance Zone] ." " Houston Independent School District".] and Yates High School. [" [http://dept.houstonisd.org/ab/schoolboundarymaps/YatesHS.pdf Yates High School Attendance Zone] ." " Houston Independent School District".] Contemporary Learning Centeris west of the third ward on the other side of State Highway 288.
operates the [http://www.kipphouston.org/kipp/KIPP_Liberation_College_Prep_EN.asp?SnID=171734402 KIPP Liberation College Preparatory School] , a middle school
charter school, in the Third Ward.
University of Houstonoperates the [http://www.uh.edu/charterschool/ University of Houston Charter School] , a charter elementary school.
Gallery of public schools
Roman Catholicschools, [http://www.stmaryshouston.org/school/index.htm St. Mary of the Purification School] ( Kindergartenthrough grade 5 ] ) and St. Peter the Apostle Middle School (grades 6 through 8 [http://www.archgh.org/SchoolPages/schoolpages-new/stpetertheapostle-houston.htm] ), are in the area. They are a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Houston.
The Third Ward is served by the
Houston Public LibrarySmith Branch [http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/branches/smi_home.html] .
The [http://22.214.171.124/about/facilities/qmch.htm Quentin Mease Community Hospital] , operated by the
Harris County Hospital District, is located in the Third Ward.
In addition, the district operates the [http://www.hchdonline.com/about/facilities/mlk.htm Martin Luther King Health Center] at 3601 North MacGregor Way in Houston.
Houston Police Department's South Central Patrol Division [" [http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cs/beatpages/southcentral.htm Crime Statistics for South Central Patrol Division] ." "City of Houston".] , headquartered at 2022 St. Emanuel." [http://www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/vip_cops.htm VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support] ." "City of Houston".] , serves the neighborhood.
Fire and Emergency Medical Services are provided by
Houston Fire Departmentstation #25.
Emancipation Park and [http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/CommunityCenters.html# Emancipation Community Center] are located at 3018 Dowling [http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/images/communitylist1.gif] .
Hermann Parkis west of the Third Ward.
Famous people who have lived in Third Ward include
Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad(Formerly Phylicia Ayers-Allen), Beyoncé, Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, rapper Scarface, Dexter Manley, Big Moe, and Pat Parker[Grahn, Judy. Preface, "Movement in Black", 1989, Crossing Press, ISBN:0895941139] .
Carl Hampton, Rick Lowe, Otabenga Jones and Associates, Flower Man.
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