Municipal Archives

Fairland Annex Segregated Housing Materials, 1920

Collection 1991-070


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Dallas Building Inspection Department
TitleFairland Annex Segregated Housing Materials
Quantity1/8th linear inch
AbstractTypescript correspondence.
LanguageRecords 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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Index Terms

Dallas (Tex.). Housing Dept.
Discrimination in housing -- TEXAS -- DALLAS

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
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.]