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Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

African-American History

 
 
African-American History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 20, 2010
1. African-American History Marker
Inscription. The first African-American residents of Fort Worth were slaves who received the delayed news of their emancipation on June 19, 1865. Those who remained in the area began to build a community on the city’s east side. A blacksmith shop operated by John Pratt was the first known African-American business. Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 600 Grove Street, was organized in 1875.

The community revolved around the Fraternal Bank & Trust Co. and the Masonic Lodge, both built in 1912 by prominent businessman William Madison “Gooseneck Bill” McDonald. Loans from McDonald’s bank enabled residents to purchase homes and start businesses. The community was served by several African-American doctors, including Dr. Riley Ransom, who opened a hospital in 1918.

A mural by artist Paula Blincoe Collins (along the Intermodal Transportation Center walkway) depicts Fort Worth’s early African- American history.
 
Erected 2006 by Heritage Trails and City of Fort Worth. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Location. 32° 45.141′ N, 97° 19.575′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of Jones Street and 9th Street on Jones Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Jones Street, Fort Worth TX 76102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
African-American History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, May 20, 2010
2. African-American History Marker
Mural by artist Paula Blincoe Collins (along the Intermodal Transportation Center walkway) depicts Fort Worth’s early African- American history. The Marker is just to the left of this mural
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Car 25 (a few steps from this marker); JFK (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 2144 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cynthia Ann Parker and Native Americans of North Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); General William Jenkins Worth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mt. Gilead Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flying Machines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flatiron Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Worth.
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable EventsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 14, 2016.
 
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