Built in 1904, the simple frame house that holds the Denton County African American Museum was once part of an African American neighborhood known as Quakertown, a small community located close to the central business district of Denton. Quakertown, named in honor of the abolitionist Quakers who helped slaves traveling the Underground Railroad, developed into a thriving community by the 1910s with over fifty African American families and several locally-owned businesses. However, the 1920’s saw the end of Quakertown after the city relocated the entire Quakertown community to make room for the Denton Civic Center Park and the tiny frame house was moved with it. Today, the house has been relocated again, this time within proximity to its original site and now serves as museum, chronicling the lives of Denton County African American families and the Quakertown experience. This award-winning museum also archives the papers and medical supplies of Dr. Edwin D. Moten, Denton’s first African American doctor. The museum hosts special events, including guided group tours, and helps comprise a triad of museums at Denton County Museums Historical Park.
African American Museum in the Historic Quakertown House