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Rising: The Story of the Hall of Negro Life

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Rising: The Story of the Hall of Negro Life

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In the middle of the great depression, African-Americans received the opportunity to tell their story at a world’s fair— in Texas. This has never occurred before. The story of those five months altered the tenor and trajectory of U.S. race relations. But after five months the Hall of Negro Life and Culture was mysteriously destroyed.

No records or reason to explain what truly happened.

Yet, the smoldering embers of the story would not die and a civil rights movement emerged from the
destruction of the the Hall of Negro Life and Culture. It happened here…in Dallas, Texas.





Rising Sizzle Final V2.mp4 from Southroad Pictures on Vimeo.


The Hall of Negro Life was a federally-funded exhibition at the Texas Centennial in 1936. This exhibition was revolutionary in that it exhibited the achievements of Black artists in the early 1900s. The perseverance of African-American leaders in finding funding and support brought this exhibition into being.

The Hall of Negro Life was officially dedicated in 1936 to celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the date that African-American Texans learned they were freed from slavery. This exhibition hall acknowledged and honored the history and accomplishments of African-Americans in the United States with a large collection of art by Black artists, including murals that celebrated Black Culture. Even with this success, the Hall of Negro Life was deconstructed one year after its opening.


March 25
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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