Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial

Gem #8: Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial
Arts, Culture & 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.


  • Address N Central Expy & Calvary Dr., Dallas, TX 75204
  • Category Arts, Culture & 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


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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