Hester House will celebrate 75th jubilee

One of the most historically significant cultural institutions in Houston’s Fifth Ward community is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a community jubilee festival on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2020 Solo Street. 

Since the 1940s, Julia C. Hester House has been a fixture in Fifth Ward by enhancing the quality of life in through programs and services promoting self-empowerment. 

In honor of the milestone, Discovery Green has partnered with Hester House to offer a performance by the world-renowned Cirque Zuma Zuma – a family-friendly, high-energy show with pulsing African music performed by young acrobats from African nations, which will be free to the community and begin at noon. 

 “Discovery Green is excited about bringing world-class entertainment to the Fifth Ward community for this momentous occasion,” said Barry Mandel, Discovery Green president and park director. 

The partnership with Hester House is the first event that is part of Discovery Green’s initiative to expand programming outside its downtown location. 

Led by Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct One, which partners with Hester House to provide youth, adult, and senior programming and social services that include life skills, financial literacy, and employment and educational assistance, is also sponsoring the jubilee. 

 “Hester House and Harris County Precinct One appreciate Discovery Green’s gracious sponsorship of Cirque Zuma Zuma for the jubilee,” Ellis said. “Seventy-five years marks an important milestone for Hester House and it’s a privilege to celebrate it with our Fifth Ward community and local partners.”