The Short South Dallas Ghett Story
South Dallas, Texas, a community that can be considered as a city within a city is a well-known neighborhood that is very historic with the representation of Dallas’, and Texas’, black culture.
After the Civil War, many blacks, who had just became freed from slavery left the rural and areas of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and decided to relocate into the larger area of Dallas.
In the beginning, most African Americans resided in a community once known as Freedman’s Town in North Dallas, while others claimed the Deep Ellum area along with a former community known as Central Track.
While these areas were legendary, only during their short lived time, places like Queen City and later Bon Ton, both of South Dallas, would be some of the city’s longstanding black communities.
As stated, with Freedman’s Town and Deep Ellum only being short lived as the 1940s and 1950s led to the destruction of the once famous black communities with the replacement of a highway and a housing project, the Roseland Homes, the black population was displaced.
With their displacement, by the 1950s and 1960s many founded new homes in the already existing black community of South Dallas, even though the area was much smaller at the time and black families were originally excluded from many of the South Dallas neighborhoods.
Below is images of South Dallas over the past for years as the community is slowly with the demolishing of projects, like the Frazier Courts (East Dallas Projects) and Bonton, and other changes that can be truly witness by the South Dallas residents.
Finally, after years of racism and being forbidden, South Dallas officially became the heart of Dallas’ black community and has continued whether it is its founded black culture or the days of the reputation of the 44 Oakland, Dixon Circle, Park Row or BonTon’s Turner Courts and Rhoads Terrace.
Sadly, the trend around the country is gentrification and with neighborhoods around Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl of South Dallas the trend is making its way into sections of the soon to be historic black community.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.