April 15, 2004
The Belo Foundation and Black Dallas Remembered, Inc. to dedicate Juanita J. Craft Memorial Civil Rights Garden
Dallas, TX -- The Belo Foundation and Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., announce the dedication of the Juanita J. Craft Memorial Civil Rights Garden to be held on May 8, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. next door to the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House at 2618 Warren Street in Dallas.
The Craft Memorial Civil Rights Garden was created by an unprecedented collaboration of partners working over several years to bring it into being. The original vision for the Garden was established by Margie Reese, former director of the Office of Cultural Affairs, under whose leadership the city of Dallas acquired a vacant lot next to the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House on Warren Street. Before leaving Dallas in 2000, Reese secured the first and largest grant in support of the Memorial Garden from the Eugene McDermott Foundation. At that point, Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., operators of the Craft House, made the Garden part of their long-range planning for the House.
In late 2002, The Belo Foundation made a commitment to assist Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., to accomplish the project. The Belo Foundation brought together several other community partners, including The Dallas Foundation and landscape architects Linda Tycher & Associates. Dallas City Councilman Leo V. Chaney, Jr., also pledged his support, as did the Dallas Park Board, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Park & Recreation Department.
The Garden provides a serene neighborhood gathering place with flowering trees and shrubs and perennial plantings, with benches and an arbor. The Garden features a flagstone walkway with signs chronicling Mrs. Craft's legacy as an ardent civil rights worker beginning in 1935 and continuing for 50 years through her long and fruitful life. The Garden particularly celebrates her leadership of the Dallas NAACP Youth Council, former members of which include councilman Chaney, along with many other business and civic leaders.
Linda Tycher & Associates donated the landscape design for the Craft Memorial Civil Rights Garden. Funding for construction came from the Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Black Dallas Remembered, Inc., and others. Judith Garrett Segura, a Belo Foundation trustee, organized the project and supervised its implementation. The Belo Foundation has made a three-year renewable commitment to maintain the Garden year-round as a contribution to the City of Dallas.
About The Belo Foundation
The Belo Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Belo Corp., one of the nations largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. The Belo Foundation concentrates its financial support in Belo communities in two areas of longtime interest: The enhancement of downtown public parks, urban open spaces, and city planning efforts, which are vital to the quality of life; and college-level journalism education, focusing on the development of a well-trained and diverse corps of professional journalists. In The Belo Foundation's 50 years of philanthropic efforts, it has awarded more than $20 million in grants. For more information, contact Judith Garrett Segura of The Belo Foundation at 214.977.6802 or Dr. Mamie McKnight of Black Dallas Remembered at 214.670.8673.