African American Guide to Dallas


African Americans hold a unique place in the history of Dallas, a history continuously echoed in how the African American community is viewed today. Here's your guide to Black culture in Dallas.

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Yanga: Journeys to Freedom in the Americas
Mon - Jun 27

Yanga: Journeys to Freedom in the Americas

This exhibition breaks ground by introducing new and existing materials in a direct and purposeful, bilingual educational experience using all five senses. Visitors will leave with a powerful and...

Daily through Oct 21

African American Museum

Riverfront Jazz Festival
Fri - Sep 02

Riverfront Jazz Festival

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) has assembled another all-star lineup for its fifth annual Riverfront Jazz Festival which will take place in downtown Dallas, Labor Day Weekend,...

Daily between Sep 2 and Sep 4

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

AFRIMMA 2022 “This is Africa”
Sat - Nov 19

AFRIMMA 2022 “This is Africa”

The African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) is set to return with a live audience for the 9th edition of the highly acclaimed award ceremony. Due to the advent of Covid-19, the past two editions...

Gilley's Dallas

ETIP Experience 2022
Tue - Jun 28

ETIP Experience 2022

Students engage in morning athletics followed by afternoon academic core classes and electives. Courses include subjects such as Agriculture, Black History & Culture, Collaborative...

Daily through Jul 1
Daily between Jul 6 and Jul 22

Paul Quinn College

Rhythm and Rhapsody
Thu - Jul 14

Rhythm and Rhapsody

Rhythm and Rhapsody is an artistic fusion of storytelling and poetic expression that brings poetry, rhythm, and dance together to share stories that reflect social challenges in the African...

Hamon Hall

DMCBAA 35th Anniversary Celebration
Fri - Sep 16

DMCBAA 35th Anniversary Celebration

Celebration of the Dallas Metroplex Council of Black Alumni Associations 35th anniversary assisting students from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex attend historically black colleges and universities...

Paul Quinn College

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Places to Visit


Miller Log House

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Arch and Charlotte Miller, ancestors of Dallas resident Donald Payton, came to Dallas in 1847 as slaves and moved into a log house on the Millermore Plantation. The log house remained a place for slaves until the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, both the Miller Log House and Millermore Plantation, both located inside Old City Park, formerly known as Dallas Heritage Village, have been restored, and visitors can see where Payton's family lived and worked.

Freedman's Cemetary

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At the entrance to the Freedman's Cemetery, visitors are greeted by magnificent sculptures by artist David Newton that guard the remains of over 7,000 African Americans, some dating back to the Civil War. For decades, the cemetery suffered from neglect and was further disturbed when first the railroad and then an expressway were built through the grounds. Today, the memorial is a thoughtful and fitting tribute to all who are resting there.

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Juanita J. Craft House

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This 1,300 sq. foot, single-story house was the home of Juanita J. Craft, one of Dallas´ most significant civil rights figures. Her legacy spans decades and includes being the first Black woman to vote in Dallas County and her election to the Dallas City Council at age 73. Craft's home, which is one of only three house museums that honor major female figures of the civil rights movement, is currently under renovation. 

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South Boulevard-Park Row Historic District

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This historic district consists of over 100 houses on two streets built primarily by the city's Jewish community. During the 1950s, this neighborhood became the home of many prominent Black leaders, and today it symbolizes the growth, prosperity and vitality of Dallas. The structures feature popular architectural influences including Midwestern prairie, Mission Revival, Classical Revival and Georgian styles. 

All Black Lives Matter Crosswalks

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The All-Black Lives Matters crosswalk at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Malcolm X Blvd. is one of six intersections that represent the lives that have been lost because someone did not think their lives mattered. Abounding Prosperity, an organization whose purpose is to respond to disparities among Black Americans, gay, bisexual men, cisgender women and transgender women and their families, will sponsor and maintain the landmarks.