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Dallas neighborhood established by freed slaves fights to keep its history alive

Despite its status as a historic district, the Tenth Street neighborhood’s history is fading. Residents say a 2010 city ordinance contributed to its decline.

By Miguel Perez, KERA News
Traffic moves along Interstate 30 east of downtown Dallas in November 2016.

A vibrant neighborhood hurt by public policies

The Greater El Bethel Baptist Church stands alone on the corner of 9th and Cliff Streets. At its peak, the Tenth Street Historic District was home to several churches.

A brighter future may be on the horizon

A Victorian style home that sits on the edge of 9th Street in southern Dallas' Tenth Street Historic District.

"It's a double-edged sword"

A marker from the Texas Historical Commission sits on the front lawn of N. W. Harllee Early Childhood Center. Many residents in the Tenth Street Historic District consider it the crown jewel of their neighborhood.

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