We are excited to announce that Remembering Black Dallas is joining this year’s Community Collections Grant awardees.
Their project, If Tenth Street Could Talk, is led by Tameshia Rudd-Ridge and Jourdan Brunson of kinkofa, and Dr. Deborah Hopes of Remembering Black Dallas — in collaboration with Tenth Street Historic District residents and a team of researchers and documentarians.
Together, the project team will carry forward the legacy of the late Dr. George Keaton Jr., Founder & Director of Remembering Black Dallas, who sadly passed in December 2022.
If Tenth Street Could Talk follows descendants and residents as they work tirelessly to preserve the historic freedom colony’s history and fight to have a voice in shaping the future of the community. By documenting contemporary community experiences and cultural activity, the project sheds light on key moments and community leaders past and present. This community-driven multimedia documentary and archival project centers the living memory and perspectives of Tenth Street, Dallas residents and descendants through oral history interviews, GIS mapping, photography, digital storytelling, film, art, and genealogical research.
Now in its second year, the Community Collections Grants program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, which seeks to create new opportunities to engage with the Library of Congress and to add diverse perspectives to the Library’s collections, allowing the national library to share a more inclusive American story.