Dallas in the Time of MLK

(January, 2018 – January 27, 2019)

The Civil Rights Movement was a defining moment in the United States. During the 1960s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made two important visits to speak in Dallas. The exhibit focuses on King’s 1963 speech in Fair Park and his 1966 speech at Southern Methodist
University. Additionally, we look at a number of Dallas civil rights leaders who were active during this critical decade as Dallas transitioned away from being a segregated city.

The War on Two Fronts: Texas heroes of the First World War

(November 4, 2017 – September 1, 2018)

African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Women all served honorably in the armed forces and at home during WWI. While they all had to fight for the right to serve their country, a contested struggle was also going on at home for their equality. Whether it was for equal rights, the right to vote, or to even be American citizens their cause for justice and freedom under the law was a long and difficult one. The War on Two Fronts looks at a few of the many Texans who persevered under the most trying of circumstances.


“We beg of you, to give us the right to fight. We guarantee to you, sir, our hearts could be for no better cause than to fight for the land we love, and for the freedom we share.”

Chief Red Fox to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker 1917.


Rusty old shackles with padlock, key and open handcuff used for locking up prisoners or slaves between 1600 and 1800.Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom (June 16-30, 2018) Special Display

On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger stood at Galveston Bay and pronounced that all African American slaves living in Texas were free. Because of the war, no one in Texas had heard word of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation, the law he signed abolishing slavery in America. In 1979, the day was declared an official state holiday. Items on display will include the only known original copy of the General Order No. 3.