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Visit the Dallas historical site on your next trip to the city.
African Americans hold a unique and rich place in U.S. history, as well as Dallas' history. In celebration of Black History Month, here are a few ways to discover more about the history and achievements of African Americans this month.
Places to Visit
Black artistic expression celebrates the diversity of the African Diaspora while also connecting us through universal themes. Head to the South Dallas Cultural Center for an artistic experience that showcases local, regional and national works by black talent. The center features a 120-seat black box theatre, dance studio, digital recording studio, and two visual art galleries with exhibitions that change every two months. Workshops and programs are also offered to inspire creativity and promote different forms of artistic expression.
Enjoy the outdoors
If the weather is nice, join a pick-up game of basketball at Opportunity Park located in the heart of South Dallas. Or let the little ones play at the playground while you marvel at the public art displays, including an "Our History" four panel installation focused on early pioneers, neighborhoods, schools and businesses that made up the African American community in Dallas.
Heart and soul
Fully immerse yourself in the black experience and more than 140 years of black history in Deep Ellum. Once the first commercial district and entertainment hub for freedmen and a hot spot for famous jazz and blues musicians, Deep Ellum holds tight to its roots as it remains the epicenter of live entertainment, art and culture in Dallas. Complete with vibrant street murals, live music venues, bars, restaurants and quirky shops and parlors, the neighborhood is the perfect place to be on a Saturday night.
Take a historical journey through Fair Park
Stroll through the African American Museum in Fair Park and explore the African American experience through a variety of art exhibits and displays. The African American Museum is the only institution of its kind in the Southwest, offering an impressive collection of African and African American art, including one of the largest folk art collections in the nation. It is a treasury of art and culture recognized as a vital part of black heritage. Then discover what else the fairground has to offer. Originally established in 1886 as an 80-acre fairground on the outskirts of East Dallas, the park now covers 277 acres and is home to the Children's Aquarium, Texas Discovery Gardens and many big events and attractions, including the State Fair of Texas.
Located in Oak Cliff, Pan African Connection is a bookstore, art gallery and resource center that celebrates black and African culture 365 days a year. Look around for unique finds, authentic African apparel and jewelry, books by black authors, natural hair and body products and more! The store also hosts free community events and programs, such as yoga, Sunday drum circles, dance classes and cultural discussions.