Emancipation Avenue Main Street (EAMS) is a culture-based economic driver, that supports Historic Third Ward entrepreneurs in achieving their goals for equitable and sustainable community development. The goal is to catalyze commerce along Emancipation Avenue and the surrounding community, leading to the preservation and revitalization of what was once the epicenter of small business and commerce for African Americans in the City. 


Culture + Commerce

 Emancipation Avenue Main Street (EAMS) is culture- based economic driver dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Historic Third Ward, while protecting and revitalizing the community. As a Nationally designated Texas Main Street we are raising the visibility and viability of locally owned and operated businesses.

Our Work 

  1. Celebrate and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of the Historic Third Ward
  2. Actively promote independent shops and service providers in the Historic Third Ward.
  3. Help Businesses stay competitive through workshops, networking events, policy initiatives, and advocacy work.
  4. Educate consumers on the benefits of supporting community owned and operated businesses.