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Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial

Dallas--Freedman's Cemetery Memorial: a park and sculpture garden pays tribute to early black settlements of Dallas and to the black settlers whose graves in this cemetery in Freedman Town were lost in urban renewal projects.  Works by sculptor David Newton portray five larger-than-life-size sculptures of Africans and African Americans:  symbolic male and female figures -- a warrior ["The Sentinel"] and a griot ["The Prophetess"];  The griot keeps the history alive, and the warrior protects the cemetery.
Gem #8: Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial
History Dallas (Uptown)

This tiny park, nestled between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street, is the burial place for thousands of freed slaves and their descendants. The history was buried–literally–until the widening of Central Expressway in the early 1990s brought renewed attention to the sacred grounds. Today, its archway and grounds are flanked by graceful figurative monuments by sculptor David Newton. This peaceful memorial pays tribute to Freedman’s Town, an African American community founded by freed slaves in the 1850s. Artifacts from the excavation of the graves are displayed in the African American Museum of Dallas.

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  • Address N Central Expy & Calvary Dr., Dallas, TX 75204
  • Category History
  • Location Dallas (Uptown)

DART Rail Line / Bus Route

DART Rail Line / Bus Route
  • Line/RouteRed, orange or blue line to CityPlace/Uptown Station or Bus Route 036 to US 75 @ Thomas

DID YOU KNOW...

The parcel of land that included the cemetery was sold by former slave owners to a group of freedmen in 1869 for the large sum of $25, a lot of money at the time.

One Comment

  • W. Gray June 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    This is a part of African and American history that had been lost and forgotten.Before it was a memorial it use to be a park and playground. As a kid I use to play at the park and live around the corner on Howell St. 🙂

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