The rich history of this small, simple house will soon share more than a century’s worth of its stories with the public. The new Denton County African American Museum, which opens tomorrow, February 16, 2008, sheds new light on Quakertown, a once vibrant black community in Denton that was lost in the early 1920s.
In 1875, about 27 African-American families from the Dallas settlement of White Rock came to Denton looking for a better life. They settled about 2 ½ miles southeast of the county courthouse…they called this new settlement Freedman Town. By the 1880s African-American citizens named this new settlement Quakertown, after the abolitionist Quakers who helped slaves on the Underground Railroad…
The Denton County African American Museum (Photo courtesy of the Denton County Website)