This is a very special bonus episode where we take a break from our time traveling journeys to visit the earliest indigenous peoples of Texas to celebrate a special event. On September 3, 2020 the Texas Commission on the Arts awarded Deep Ellum with recognition as a cultural arts district. Deep Ellum, along with the Arts District, are the only two neighborhoods in Dallas to be awarded with this distinction.
To quote Stephanie Hudiburg, Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation, “With its rich history including the birthplace of jazz and blues in North Texas, highly connected community of artists and creatives, and vibrancy as the premier entertainment hub in the region, this designation is well deserved.”
And in addition to all of that, Sunday, October 18, 2020, is the very first officially recognized Deep Ellum History Day. When that was brought to my attention, I couldn’t resist pausing my regular scheduled research and jumping into scramble mode to participate in this special occasion.
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