This year marks the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of Quakertown, a thriving Black neighborhood founded in the 1880s as a freedmen community just south of TWU’s Denton campus. In 1921, TWU’s president, alongside local white civic leaders and women’s clubs, led a campaign to pass a bond vote that displaced more than 60 families and Black-owned businesses to create a municipal park and site for the city hall, civic center, public library, and public pool that remain in Denton to this very day.
Stories like those of Quakertown are especially critical in this unique moment when the country and the world are steeped in significant conversations about past racial injustices that continue to influence the present.
Register for the upcoming panel discussion to learn more about Quakertown’s history and the significant contributions of its residents to Denton and TWU.
The events will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Register for one or both events.