Municipal Archives

​Juanita Jewel Craft Recreation Center Dedication, 1974



Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park and Recreation Department
TitleJuanita Jewel Craft Recreation Center Dedication
Dates 1974
Quantity 1/4 linear inch
AbstractPhotographs, correspondence, event programs
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

Collection contains materials related to the dedication and renaming of the park and recreation center.  Juanita Jewel Craft was a civil rights advocate and politician, and November 8, 1973, the Dallas Park and Recreation Board renamed Wahoo Park in honor of Craft for her contributions to  the City of Dallas.

Craft was born Juanita Jewel Shanks in Round Rock, Texas, on February 9, 1902.  After graduating from high school and attending both Prairie View A&M University and Samuel Houston College, where she obtained her teaching certificate, by 1925, Craft had moved to Dallas and worked as a maid and seamstress at the Adolphus Hotel.

In 1935, Craft joined the NAACP.  She became the Dallas membership chairman in 1942 and the Texas field organizer in 1946.  Over 11 years, Craft organized 182 branches of the NAACP.  She was the first African American woman to vote in Dallas County in a public election, and between 1975 and 1979, she served on the Dallas City Council for two terms.

In 1954, Craft assisted with campaigns and pickets over segregation.  In 1955, she coordinated a protest of the State Fair of Texas against its policy of admitting blacks only on “Negro Achievement Day.”  Following the Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, et al decision, Craft worked to integrate the University of Texas Law School and the Dallas Independent School District.  She later fought and won to help enroll the first black student at North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas).

Craft received multiple awards during her life, including the Linz Award (1969), the NAACP Golden Heritage Life Membership Award (1978), and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award (1984).

Juanita Jewel Craft passed away on August 6, 1985.  Her legacy to the city of Dallas was celebrated with the Juanita Jewel Craft Park and Recreation Center.




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Juanita Jewel Craft Recreation Center Dedication, 1974 (Box 1, Folder 1), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

1995-023 Dallas Department of Park and Recreation General Subject Files, 1911-Current

Index Terms

African Americans -- Texas -- Dallas
Civil rights -- Texas -- Dallas
Craft, Juanita Jewel, 1902-1985
Dallas -- Texas -- History

Container List​

Box Folder Title, Date
1 1Photographs, programs from park and recreation center dedication,  guest list for event, meeting notes,  correspondence, program mock-ups, 1974