Face coverings are required for all indoor spaces due to Dallas County executive order. Garden reservations required for members and non-members.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Black Heritage Celebration

About This Event


Join us for our first Black Heritage Celebration to celebrate the opening of our Summer of Sculpture exhibit, the return of ZimSculpt.


Zenetta Strong Drew, Executive Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Honorary Black Heritage Committee member, along with 100 members of the Strong family, celebrated Juneteenth, Father’s Day and the ZimSculpt exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum.

Join us for our first Black Heritage Celebration to celebrate the opening of our Summer of Sculpture exhibit, the return of ZimSculpt, a display of Zimbabwean Sculpture throughout the summer. The day is filled with events including over 20 Black-owned businesses selling their artisans, performances by Carter High School Alumni Chorus, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, St. Luke United Methodist Church and Dallas Black Dance Theatre ENCORE. At noon, enjoy a cooking demonstration by Kevin the Pie Dude. At 1pm in the Jonsson Color Garden, visitors are invited to watch the Crown Jewel Fashion Experience under the direction of Anita Hawkins and Willie Johnson. Then we end the celebration with a concert by the Don Diego Band from 2-4pm.

This event is included with general admission.

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Our Mission

Our vision for this inaugural annual event is to celebrate diversity within the Dallas Arboretum through various Black cultural experiences.  Our goal is to utilize the Black Heritage Day as a platform to showcase Black designers, artists, entertainers, and vendors as they proudly display, engage and educate the community on the beauty and inspiration of black culture. This family friendly day kicks off the opening weekend of the internationally acclaimed Zimsculpt exhibit that promotes the work of over 100 Zimbabwean sculptures installed throughout the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and running through August 8.


10am–3pm: Black Owned Businesses Vendor Fair: Visitors are welcome to shop and support these businesses, many of which are small businesses. Vendors include jewelry, clothing, food and more. See below for a complete vendor list.* (A Tasteful Place, Entry Plaza and Paseo de Flores)
10am–12pm: Various performances by local groups including Dallas Black Dance Theatre ENCORE, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Carter High School Alumni Chorus and St. Luke United Methodist Church (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn and DeGolyer Pergola)
12pm: Cooking Demonstration with local teen sensation, Kevin the Pie Dude, demonstrating how to make a key lime pie. He also sells pies; quantities limited. (A Tasteful Place)
1pm: Crown Jewel Fashion Experience by Black designers under the direction of Anita Hawkins, hosted by LeTitia Owens and Willie Johnson, model fashion guru (Jonsson Color Garden) 
2–4pm: Don Diego Band playing jazz and R&B (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn)

Avery’s Savory Popcorn – Gourmet popcorn
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
The Butter Fairy – Baked Goods 
Cajukiku – Cajun Japanese fusion food
Dawn Franklin Designs – Jewelry 
Design By Society – African-made baskets
Energy Gardens Living Décor – Plants/Terrariums
Froot Kraves – Lemonade
The Good Water – Fruit infused water
Granny’s Scratch Kitchen – Baked goods  
Gyasi Designs – Handcrafted Ghana-inspired bracelets
Honie’s Jewels – Jewelry
ITS Cookies – Cookies
Just Good Cajun – Cajun food
KCs Experience – Food
Konjo Beauty – Face masks and beauty
Milestone Ladies Boutique – Clothing
New Growth Plants – House plants
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Paul Quinn College
The Patio Chic – Lifestyle and patio designer
Pie Crush Bakery – Mini pies
Recipe Oak Cliff – Food
Savhera – Essential oils and jewelry that support human trafficking victims
Antoinette Whittington-Stanton – Mary Kay products
Yatab Mandazi – African beignets

Sponsored by:

Capital One
Dallas Weekly
DeMetris Sampson
The Dallas Chapter of The Links, Inc and the Dallas Links STEAM Academy
Mary Kay Global Design Studio
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
Texas Metro News
Dr. Cristi Fletcher and Dr. Flaxie Fletcher
Helena L. Banks
Dallas Mavericks

Sponsorship Opportunities

Black Heritage Committee Members

Linda Todd, Chairperson
Annette Anderson
Dr. Joan Hill
Dr. Jennifer Hills, Ed. D
Marissa Horne
Janet Jack
Debra Hunter Johnson
Katrina Keyes
Willow Sanchez
Kimberly Singleton
Celia Walker
Maurice West

Honorary Council

Arun Agarwal, Crystal Alexander, Barbara Barbee, Lew Blackburn, Paula Blackmon, Stephanie Calhoun, Calvert Collins-Bratton, Cherron Covington, Lane Conner, Quinton Crenshaw, Zenetta Drew, The Hon. Dr. Elba Garcia, Gwen and Art George, The Hon. Helen Giddings, Valerie Harris, Maria Hasbany, Anita Hawkins, Barbara Hawkins, Dr. Frederick Douglas Haynes III, Michael Horne, Darren James, Debra Hunter Johnson, Tammy Johnson, The Hon. Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Jeff Kitner, J.J. Koch, Donovan Lewis, Terrence Maiden, Dr. Susan McElroy, Velena McRae, Adam Medrano, Sherri Mixon, Fonya Naomi Mondell, Chef Cynthia Nevels, Tara L. Paige, Rodrigua Ross, DeMetris Sampson, Amanda Schulz, Bo Slaughter, Shawn Smith, Frances Smith-Dean, Dr. Torrence Stepteau, Robb Stewart, Michelle Thomas, Jade Tinner, Clarice Tinsley, Dannielle Taylor, Taylor Toynes, Alisha Trusty, Lorena Tule-Romain, Akwete Tyehimba, Patrick Washington, Cheryl Wattley, Carol West, The Hon. Royce West, Dr. Charles and Mitzi Willis, Daniel Wood