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Dallas in Dallas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Joppee Community

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, December 6, 2020
1. Joppee Community Marker
Inscription.  

Located on the banks of the Trinity River, near the Great Trinity Forest, the community of Joppee is one of the few remaining freedman towns in Texas. Following emancipation, freed slaves from the nearby Miller Plantation established their own community here in 1872. The owner of the plantation, William B. Miller, hired former slave Henry Critz Hines to oversee his business, The Honey Springs Ferry Company. It was an important service to carry goods and passengers over the river. This also provided a lucrative entrepreneurial opportunity for Hines. He used his resources to take a major role in the establishment of Joppee. Over time, many freed slaves from East Texas settled in the community. They worked and lived alongside the rest of Dallas society as it developed into a larger commercial area. The 1870s saw the introduction of railroads into Dallas, and by 1890 the ferry service closed.

Joppee continued to be an important place for African Americans following the civil war and reconstruction. The community offered refuge in times when Ku Klux Klan activities tried to push African Americans out of the area. Joppee had school
Joppee Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, December 6, 2020
2. Joppee Community Marker
and church structures, such as the New Zion Baptist church which still exists today. Joppee resident Laurabelle Foster chartered the South Central Civic League in 1948, under the auspices of the Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce. Generations of African Americans have lived in Joppee and many descendants still do. Some of the earliest Juneteenth celebrations began in the Joppee community, and continue today.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18211.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 43.039′ N, 96° 44.631′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on Fellows Lane, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located in the South Central Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4753 Fellows Lane, Dallas TX 75216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overton Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lincoln High School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Tueria Dell Marshall (approx. 2.8 miles away); L. Butler Nelson Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles
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By Kayla Harper, December 6, 2020
3. South Central Park
away); John C. McCoy (approx. 3.2 miles away); Richard M. Gano, CSA (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lisbon Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Juanita Craft House (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
 
Joppa Freedman Town sign image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, December 6, 2020
4. Joppa Freedman Town sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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