This museum houses African artifacts, folk art, furniture, and decorative pieces related to the African American experience. The museum conserves this history with ongoing exhibits such as Facing the Rising Sun, which highlights a former North Dallas Freedman's Town, and the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, which includes one of the nation's largest collections of Black folk art with more than 500 objects. The museum also hosts special exhibits, lectures, workshops, and music festivals aimed to educate the public about the life, struggles, and achievements of African Americans.
In 1922, Booker T. Washington High School replaced the 1892 Dallas Colored High School. Due to segregation, this school accommodated all Blacks in the Dallas County area, often resulting in overcrowding. After integrating in 1976, Booker T. Washington High School became a magnet school for artistically gifted students. The school hosts cultural events throughout the year.
This now-eclectic district of art galleries, street murals, and concert venues originally housed Black residents. Blues musicians Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, and Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins played Deep Ellum clubs in the 1920s. To support Black businesses in the area, visit Shoals Sound and Service for seasonal cocktails and Latin cuisine, and Sneaker Politics for newly released sneakers from over 50 brands.
Established in 1869, the Freedman's Cemetery was a burial ground of formerly enslaved people. Due to vandalism, the cemetery closed in the 1920s. A decade later, the state constructed an expressway and intersection that destroyed the plaques and markers of most graves. In the late 1980s, the city planned to expand the Central Expressway. However, community members responded and successfully halted freeway construction. More than a thousand cemetery sites were evacuated and relocated. To commemorate those originally buried and their history, sculptures and poems were placed around the perimeter.