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Equity, freedom in Dallas Freedman’s Towns subject of event

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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The 2017 David Dillon Symposium will explore Dallas Freedman’s Towns 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Paul Quinn College's Zale Library, 3837 Simpson Stuart Road, in Dallas.

Equity + Freedom’s Footprint in Dallas Freedman's Towns is the official theme of the symposium, sponsored by the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington in partnership with Dallas’ Festival of Ideas.

Andrea Roberts

Andrea Roberts, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A&M University, will be the keynote speaker at the David Dillon Symposium.

Dallas has a rich heritage in its historic Freedman’s Towns, self-sufficient communities founded by freed slaves after the end of the Civil War.

“Urban renewal, highways and economic development destroyed many of these communities, but they survive in neighborhoods like the Tenth Street Historic District and Joppa,” said Kate Holliday, UTA associate professor and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. “The symposium will bring together residents and experts to find ways to balance this rich heritage with the need for new housing and sustainable neighborhood development.”

UTA started the Dillon Center in 2011 with the help of The Dallas Morning News to honor the legacy of the News’ longtime architecture critic, who died in 2010.

The center supports faculty and student research as they investigate how the region and its architecture have changed across the past several decades. It also promotes public dialogue about architecture and urbanism in North Texas and beyond.

Equity + Freedom’s Footprint in Dallas Freedman's Towns is part of the Physical City Track of the festival. That track deepens understanding of how Dallas was historically built to keep groups separate by race and income, and explores what ideas create spaces that bring people together.

The event is free and a box lunch will be provided; vegetarian options will be available.

Andrea Roberts, assistant professor at Texas A&M University and founder of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project, is the keynote speaker.

The morning panel discussion’s focus is on Heritage and Preservation. The afternoon panel discussion centers on Heritage in the 21st Century – Strategies for Development.

See the Dillon Center’s website for more information and registration information.