Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center
Here in the Native Plant Garden which has 50 different plants that are native to Texas, you will see three buildings which make up this center. Together these tell the story of Bear Creek, one of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas County. It began in the late 1850s.
The Bear Creek Masonic Lodge—served the African American masons of the area and as a community center. It was moved to this site and converted into a museum which tells the history of the African-American experience from emancipation through Civil Rights movement in the 1950-60s.
The Green House—was once home of Sam Green who was a leading resident of the community. It was moved to this area and restored to show what life was like in Bear Creek during the 1920s.
The J.O. Davis House—home of Josey Ophelia Davis, a teacher in the Bear Creek Community, for whom Davis Elementary School nearby was named.
It’s now a walk through museum that tells the story of Bear Creek Community. This home was also moved to the area.
The museums are open the Second Saturday each month from 1 to 4 pm. or by appointment.
This should be a pretty easy find. Please be mindful of the garden plants as you retrieve the cache.
This cache is part of Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man, April 2017