Explore historic Freedmen’s Town with a Farmers Market & Bike Tour

Andrews Street in Freedmen's Town, Fourth Ward | Photo: Leah Binkovitz

Support Black-owned businesses and tour one of Houston’s most significant Black history sites at the weekly Freedmen’s Town Farmers Market and monthly bike tour on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Held every Saturday morning, the Freedmen’s Town Farmers Market gathers a lineup of local vendors that offer fresh produce, healthy foods and drinks, handmade jewelry, candles and more from Black-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Fourth Ward neighborhood where the Farmers Market takes place is steeped in some of the earliest traces of Black community found in Houston, from the 19th century churches helmed by Pastor Jack Yates (a freedman himself) to the streets of brick, laid by formerly enslaved people as they sought to build their own community more than 150 years ago.

On the fourth Saturday of the month, The Way Fellowship leads bike tours of this historic neighborhood, bringing riders to several of the significant structures and remarkable sites throughout Freedmen’s Town in Fourth Ward. The leisurely bike ride takes place following the Farmers Market, with post-tour stops at Black-owned restaurants and businesses.

Freedmen’s Town Farmers Market & Bike Tour

Social Distancing & COVID-19

As we enter into the vaccination phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts still advise that we have a way to go before we achieve herd immunity and can safely resume pre-pandemic activities. In the meantime, you can remain vigilant in protecting yourself against the coronavirus by continuing to wear face masks when in public spaces, practice social distancing of at least six feet, limit your touching of surfaces, and frequently use hand sanitizer or soap and water to keep your hands clean.

While the Governor of Texas has lifted mandatory mask orders and capacity limits, most businesses are still requiring face masks to enter and enforcing reduced capacity. Familiarize with your destination’s policies ahead of time and please respect their public safety precautions.

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