“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Moorland YMCA Building

Moorland YMCA Building Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, November 22, 2014
1. Moorland YMCA Building Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. In 1928, the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Dallas recognized a growing need for expanded facilities across the city. In the African American neighborhood of North Dallas, citizens raised $75,000 ($25,000 more than their goal) in contributions for a planned YMCA on Flora Street. The Rosenwald Fund, a national trust for construction of educational facilities, teacher housing, and YMCAs for African Americans in the southern United States, provided an additional $25,000. The Moorland YMCA was named for Dr. Rev. Jesse Edward Moorland, the second secretary of the Colored Men's Department of the YMCA in Washington, D.C. Architects Ralph Bryan and Walter Sharp of Dallas designed the three-story red brick building in Italian Renaissance Revival style. Completed in 1930, its design included cast stone features and the words “boys” and “men” inscribed over the two main entrances.

Through the 1950s, the Moorland YMCA was a social, cultural, and political center for Dallas’ African American community. It offered recreation and education programs for youth and served as a gymnasium for local schools. The facilities were one of the only places African American Dallasites could congregate outside of the church. Moorland YMCA was an integral meeting place for those involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Dallas.

Moorland YMCA Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, November 22, 2014
2. Moorland YMCA Building and Marker
The building also provided sleeping rooms for African American visitors who found limited hotel facilities when visiting the city. By 1967, Moorland YMCA could no longer accommodate the demand of its members and it closed in 1970 after the construction of a new YMCA in Oak Cliff. A new Moorland YMCA opened on Ledbetter Street in 1973. In 1999, Dallas Black Dance Theatre became the owner of this historic property.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2011 Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17060.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 32° 47.542′ N, 96° 47.675′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Flora St. and Arts Plaza on Flora St.. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 Flora St Dallas, TX 75201, Dallas TX 75201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Paul United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel C.C. Slaughter (approx. 0.6 miles away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central National Road (approx. one mile away); Log Cabin Pioneers of Dallas County (approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Dallas County Records Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza (approx. 1.2 miles away); Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dallas.
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public Work

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