In 2011, Carroll Parrott Blue, a University of Houston (UH) research professor, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to fund the Our Town Southeast Houston Initiative, part of the Our Town Third Ward Arts Initiative, a creative placemaking project led by principal investigator Blue. NEA’s Our Town Initiative is currently working in more than 50 communities around the United States to bring together artists, architects with community residents, public- and private-sector partners to strategically enhance the character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities as primarily defined by its residents. One of the sites located within the Our Town study area is MacGregor Park. In 2012, Professor Blue commissioned a historical context report for this site in order to provide stakeholders and project participants with a foundation of knowledge to support the future development and revitalization of the area. The Our Town Southeast Houston project is financed in part with Federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. The content and opinions expressed in this report, however, do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the National Endowment for the Arts or the University of Houston, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial