New & Ongoing Exhibits at the African American Museum of Dallas: Receptions March 14


The African American Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a Historically Black College that closed in 1988. The Museum has operated independently since 1979. The $7 million edifice was funded through private donations and a 1985 Dallas City bond election that provided $1.2 million for the construction of the new facility. The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwestern Region devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.

Location: 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210

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As one of the premiere museums dedicated to preserving African American history, the African American Museum of Dallas often showcases some of the most notable and fascinating exhibitions from around the country.  To view this year’s exhibition schedule, click here



Blacker the Berry

March 5, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Opening reception Monday, March 14 6:30-8:30 pm


Beauty Salons & Beauty Shop Politics

March 5, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Opening reception Monday, March 14 6:30-8:30 pm

LATER in 2016:

CarrollHarrisSimmsCarroll Harris Simms Exhibition

Jun. 17, 2016 – Nov. 12, 2016 The Carroll Harris Simms: National Black Art Competition and Exhibition program was originally named the Biennial Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition. It was established in 1976 at the African American Museum. The purpose of this exhibition program is to expand the Museum’s distinguished fine art collection and to provide black artists a venue to display their work.



facingrisingsunFacing the Rising Sun

On-going Facing the Rising Sun: Freedman’s Cemetery presents the remnants of a once thriving North Dallas Community. Facing the Rising Sun contains photographs, found objects, and historical documents that provide an insight into a community called Freedman’s town and later known as short North Dallas. Interactive video kiosks allow visitors to see and hear from the people who knew Freedman’s town first-hand.

The Souls of Black Folk

On-going The Souls of Black Folk: Selections from the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection The Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection, named for a founding board member, has grown to include more than 500 objects. Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sally Griffiths and Dr. Bobby Alexander of Dallas, Texas have been major contributors. The exhibition is housed in the Sam and Ruth Bussey Folk Art Gallery.

–from the Museum website:!exhibition-schedule/c1kp5

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