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BlackVoices History Quest, Black History In Your Backyard: Dallas-Fort Worth Edition

Posted: 02/ 3/2012 12:41 pm

Today's edition of Black Voices Black History Quest is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

Dallas is rich with black history activities for you and your family. Check out the great places and events we found!

If we missed a place that you know and love, let us know in the comments, tweet it to us using the hashtag #BHMQuest or post it on our Facebook wall. We'll keep adding to this map and gallery as the month goes on.



African American Museum of Dallas
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Founded in 1974, the African American Museum of Dallas displays a variety of black history collections, such as African art featuring masks and textiles and African-American fine art, with works from the 1800s to the present. The museum is housed in a 38,000-square-foot structure in the form of a cross made of ivory stone. In 1996, the Texas Black Hall of Fame, which is located in the museum, was created to honor local coaches and athletes for their achievements. Visitors can also research extensive information on African-American history in the research library. The educational plaza in the museum includes a theater for local programs and classrooms used to teach students about African-American history.

On the first floor of the museum, visitors will find the largest collection of African-American folk art in the United States, including works of renowned folk artists like Clementine Hunter and Mose Tolliver. During Black History Month through early summer, a special exhibit called "Mahalia: 'Queen of Gospel Music'" will display 51 pieces of art, including sculptures of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Every spring, the museum's Southwest Black Fine Arts Show brings together thousands of collectors and educators for a weekend full of workshops and exhibits celebrating black fine art.

--Dachell McSween

Address: 3536 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX
Telephone: 214-565-9026
Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Monday.
Cost: Free
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