Welcome to Independence Heights


Independence Heights is a community built on a foundation of faith and a historic past. Our community was established around 1905 when the Wright Land Company developed the area and sold lots to African Americans. In 1908, the first deeds were recorded and by 1915 it was home to some 600 people seeking a better life.   During these early days, Independence Heights was physically located outside the Houston city boundary known today as the 610 loop. The early Independence Heights pioneers sought equal rights and opportunities for themselves and established an independent municipality known as the first city incorporated by African Americans in the State of Texas.


Independence Heights leadership is vested in a passionate group of people who respect one another and embody the values of our founding pioneers. At the helm of our leadership are the ministers of the community. Together, they have established a network of congregations that join together to serve and support the entire community. They established their own nonprofit organization known as the Independence Heights Ministerial Alliance that has given birth to other entities that serve the greater community.

Our vision is simple, “we envision a diverse, healthy and vibrant community built on our faith and a historic past”.


Living in Independence Heights is honorable to all who call our neighborhood home. The community is filled with many bungalow style homes that remind us of the days gone by. Local residents enjoy a friendly environment and take pride in the fact that they still know their neighbors.

The neighborhood is home to some 14, 000 residents of diverse backgrounds. There are four well maintained parks and four schools that serve our school age children and their families. The community is filled with memories of the old days with land marked places and historical designations. Newcomers find comfort in fairly priced property and diverse housing options that all can call home.

Cajun Soulfood in the City



Esther's Cajun Soulfood is located in historic Independence Heights. The dishes are Southern comfort food with a cajun twist. The recipes were passed down in Esther's family and today she serves them to her guest. Southern tastes like seasoned oxtail with spices, smothered pork chop and Cajun pepper steak are highlighted by daily specials such as shrimp and crawfish etouffee and savory turkey wings.

There's one simple truth about Esther's. No one leaves hungry. Whether one of the above dishes are your weakness, or delicious sides like the twice baked potato or candied yams, you're bound to fall in love with something here.

Neighborhood News

Southern Homemade Sweets in the Oven

In his grandmothers footsteps, James Fransaw, is carrying on the legacy of his grandmother who owned and operated a local bakery in Independence Heights for many years. Beatrice Porter was […]

Celebrating Black History at PVAMU

Descendants of Independence Heights early pioneers attend grand opening of black history exhibit at Prairie View A&M University. Most people understnad that February marks the month to celebrate and highlight […]

2016 State of Independence Heights

The Independence Heights Annual Town Hall meeting was held on the first Tuesday in February 2016. The meeting entitled, “State of Independence Heights” was well attended and many residents came out to […]

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Change is on the horizon in Independence Heights. We are building on our strengths, our historic churches, excellent schools, community resources, and our people. We are finding new ways to come together as a community as new families move to the neighborhood and our diversity increases. All around us investment in neighborhoods and infrastructure is occurring. The  North Corridor light rail gives us greater connectivity, and redevelopment is transforming the neighborhoods immediately surrounding us. We are identifying opportunities for old and new residents to work together creatively on ways to reclaim our historic identity and shape our future revitalization efforts, while we work to remain true to our roots and utilize local talent to rebuild our community. Over the last few years residents, former residents, business owners, church leaders, parents, educators, community leaders, and our partners have come together to imagine and vision a new future for our historic community, Independence Heights