Houston Bar Association's Houston Volunteer Lawyers and Houston Grand Opera present What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline

What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline
Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

The Houston Grand Opera will premiere a specially-commissioned opera to tell the story of Houston's first known pro bono case: the representation in 1847 by Baker Botts' founder, Peter Gray, of Emeline, a woman of color born to a freed slave but then enslaved herself. Gray argued that because Emeline was born to a free woman, she and her sons could not be held as slaves, and a Houston jury of six white men agreed.

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The 1910 Harris County Courthouse
301 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77002


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