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The African American Museum of Dallas Celebrates 45 Years

Don't pass up the chance to explore this institution of cultural and educational excellence.

Taylor Voth
Posted on Dec 12, 2019

The History
A landmark of institutional and communal enterprise, the African American Museum of Dallas is celebrating over four decades of excellence in art, education and community development. The Museum originally opened in 1974 as part of the Special Collections at the Zale Library of Bishop College, a historically black college that closed in 1988. Since its inception, the museum has prioritized constant innovation, making it the only institution of its kind in the Southwest as it contains an extensive permanent collection ranging from Folk Art to black renaissance paints to decorative arts and contemporary pieces. It is home to a treasury of art, culture and heritage and is now located in the heart of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.

Annual Events
Over the years, the African American Museum of Dallas has supported and organized hundreds of endeavors such as activities, events, exhibitions, and programs that directly serve and benefit members, volunteers and the public at large. Tulisoma, a community-based festival promoting literacy in the South Dallas/Fair Park area, is just one of the many programs the Museum offers annually to support and enrich the community.

The Texas Black Invitational Rodeo, established more than 25 years ago, celebrates African Americans and their organic and historical connection to the early traditions of excellence in nature, livestock and agriculture. Over 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls compete annually in a wide range of rodeo skills for a $25,000 prize and provide impressive entertainment for all who attend.

The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (TBSHOF) has residence in the Museum as well. Established in 1996, the TBSHOF chronicles sports history contributions by African Americans and honors Texas players and coaches (by birth or team affiliation) for excellence in character and athletics. These are just a few of the permanent events and programs the Museum proudly supports and curates annually.

Special Exhibits
Alongside the comprehensive collection that remains at the Museum full-time, they are also host to many wonderful rotating exhibitions. Currently, the widely-acclaimed and award-winning Kinsey Collection is the featured exhibit on display. Highlighting the intersection where art and history meet, The Kinsey Collection documents the often-untold stories of African Americans throughout history by showcasing their achievements and contributions through a wide range of art and historical artifacts, the earliest dating back to 1595 and continuing through the 21st century. Rare artifacts and awe-inspiring art pieces share the Kinsey's desire to share African American heritage and contributions to the American narrative. Tickets are available to The Kinsey Collection until March 20, 2020.

The African American Museum of Dallas is free to the public and open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about hours of operation, current and future events or to schedule a tour, please visit