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’ They say, ‘Oh, we’re not going to let them take over.’ But I say, ‘They want to be a part! ’” as a district manager at Pepsi Co when he drove past an old, condemned building on the corner of Holman and Dowling St.He’d already been thinking about quitting his job to start an art gallery or café, and this seemed the perfect location—next door to Project Row Houses, across Highway 288 from Midtown, and within walking distance of all the new townhouses that were going up.The church occupied a succession of downtown buildings until 1949 when it moved into its current home in the Third Ward.Many families have been attending the church for generations, and everyone seems to know everyone else at Sunday morning services.Although some of the new arrivals have visited Trinity, none have become members—yet.Over the past year, Mc Gee has been strategizing with church members about how to bring some of their new neighbors into the fold.
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One sees that the second half of the 20th century left its mark too, especially the one-two punch of deindustrialization and the war on drugs, which forced many middle-class black families to leave the area, and many locally owned businesses to close. Abundant signs of the Third Ward’s recent resurgence can also be seen, in the Holman shotgun houses restored and repurposed by artist Rick Lowe, whose Project Row Houses community art initiative has received national attention, and in a 0 million building campaign at UH that has already produced a new football stadium and student center.
Not surprisingly, the area’s revival has proved attractive to a new population lured by its affordable prices and proximity to downtown.
Robert Mc Gee grew up in Sealy, studied theology at the Gammon Theological Seminary, and has been Trinity’s senior pastor for the past 26 years.
He takes particular pride in the number of educators who have been members of the church’s congregation over its long history, noting that 18 schools in Houston are named after parishioners.