African-American History

African-American History (HMZG8)

Location: Fort Worth, TX 76102 Tarrant County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 45.141', W 97° 19.575'

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he first African-American residents of Fort Worth were slaves who received the delayed news of their emancipation on June 19, 1865. Those who remained in the area began to build a community on the city's east side. A blacksmith shop operated by John Pratt was the first known African-American business. Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 600 Grove Street, was organized in 1875.

The community revolved around the Fraternal Bank & Trust Co. and the Masonic Lodge, both built in 1912 by prominent businessman William Madison "Gooseneck Bill" McDonald. Loans from McDonald's bank enabled residents to purchase homes and start businesses. The community was served by several African-American doctors, including Dr. Riley Ransom, who opened a hospital in 1918.

A mural by artist Paula Blincoe Collins (along the Intermodal Transportation Center walkway) depicts Fort Worth's early African- American history.
HM NumberHMZG8
Marker Number19
Year Placed2006
Placed ByHeritage Trails and City of Fort Worth
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:28am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 656799 N 3625072
Decimal Degrees32.75235000, -97.32625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 45.141', W 97° 19.575'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 45' 8.46" N, 97° 19' 34.50" W
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Area Code(s)817, 682
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001 Jones St, Fort Worth TX 76102, US
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