Dallas’ African American Museum to celebrate 25 years at Fair Park | Community Column

The African American Museum will celebrate its 25th year in Fair Park this week. But its history goes back 45 years, to when it opened on the former Bishop College campus that is now Paul Quinn College.

Former Texas State Rep. Helen Giddings — who served her last day in office Monday — has been a long-time champion for the museum. She will be the keynote speaker for the anniversary celebration at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway.

Dr. Harry Robinson Jr., 77, the museum’s founding director, president and chief executive officer, opened the museum at Bishop College shortly after arriving on campus in 1974 as librarian and soon became the museum’s director.

Robinson, a New Orleans native, has been the unwavering mainstay of…

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