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Dallas Municipal Archives
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Dallas, Texas 75201
|Creator||City of Dallas Building Inspection Department|
|Title||Fairland Annex Segregated Housing Materials|
|Quantity||1/8th linear inch|
|Language||Records are in English|
Scope and Content
Collection documents a request in September 1920, to the building inspector of the City of Dallas to create segregated housing in City Block 1622, Fairland Annex, bordered by Hester Street and Keating and Gertrude Avenues.
Although racial segregation of housing was an unwritten practice throughout the United States, “legalized” segregation in Dallas was first codified in the City Charter in 1915 and revised in the Dallas City Code numerous times up to the repeal and removal of all segregation ordinances in 1968. The Fairland Annex block’s owner desired to subdivide into two blocks and allow African Americans to purchase the lots, but the request to the City was protested by adjoining white property owners. The building inspector later ruled that African Americans were eligible to purchase property and build homes in the block.
The collection contains correspondence between Mr. F.R. Malone, owner of Block 1622, and D.C. McCord, City Building Inspector, and a petition signed by white property owners. Sometime after 1920, Keating and Gertrude Avenues changed names. The map drawn in one of the communications refers to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which is now the site of North Central Expressway.
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Fairland Annex Segregated Housing Materials, 1920 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
Dallas (Tex.). Housing Dept.
Discrimination in housing -- TEXAS -- DALLAS
Fairland Annex, 1920
[D.C. McCord to F.R. Malone, 9/22/1920.
Petition protesting lot sales to Negroes in Fairland Annex and cover memorandum to City Attorney requesting an opinion, 9/27/1920.
F.R. Malone to D.C. McCord, 9/21/1920.]