In 1974, the African American Museum of Dallas was founded as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College (Now Paul Quinn College), a historically black college that closed in 1988. The Museum was housed in the Zale Library.
The African American Museum Dallas does more than most people know. Existing as both an institutional and communal enterprise, the Museum crisscrosses a blurred line of responsibilities to bridge the toiled yet brilliant moments of life and culture effused by African Americans.
As with many black institutions, this exploration has resulted in constant innovation in order to exist through the struggles of many tomorrows.