Dallas’ First Library for the African-American Community, 1931-1959 | FlashbackDallas.com

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Branch of the Dallas Public Library was the first library in Dallas to welcome and serve the African-American community. It opened in June of 1931 at the northwest corner of Thomas and Worthington in what was then the predominantly black neighborhood of “North Dallas” (the area now known as Uptown), a thriving business and residential neighborhood which was home to everyone from the city’s black professionals who lived in large, lovely gingerbread-style houses, to middle- and lower-class black families who lived in more modest homes.

Read the rest of this great history at The Dunbar Branch: Dallas’ First Library for the African-American Community, 1931-1959 | Flashback : Dallas.

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