It is north of Exposition Park and south of Bryan Place. After independence from Mexico as a free nation in 1836, Texas remained autonomous for nearly a decade when the United States officially annexed the nation in December 1845. After slavery was abolished across the country, many slaves were freed from Texas and the surrounding states, came to Dallas, and together they congregated as a city of freedmen on the northeastern edge of the city.
The eventual arrival of a level crossing in the early 1870s stimulated a local economy centered around the shipping industry, leading more families to settle in the future Deep Ellum, which consists of a section of Elm Street near the level crossing on the outskirts. and about a mile from Freedman’s Town. jointly, the two areas would become one of the major African American communities in the south. Houston and the Texas Central Railroad and the last Texas-Pacific line. The two lines were connected by 1873. The remanence can still be seen in the surrounding neighborhood, sometimes also called the central track, the name of which is derived from the railway line. Together, these areas, and the section that connects downtown Elm St. through the arid, divided bed of the Trinity River, preserve what is probably Dallas’ most distinctive history.
The addition of Dallas Police Department overseers and officers during the area’s busiest hours has paved the way for making Deep Ellum a safer place for everyone to work and visit in the area.
In 2018, the Foundation hired its first Senior Public Safety Director, Phillip Honoré, to work with business owners, local residents, and city guides to improve overall public safety in the popular arts and entertainment district. The Deep Ellum Foundation is a 501 not-for-profit company that serves to recover, develop, and market the neighborhood of Deep Ellum as a whole through public security, marketing and advocacy, business development and recruitment, and general improvement efforts. For the area. Assessments of the Foundation’s progress are mixed.
In 2018, scooter companies flooded Deep Ellum with scooters and the city was unwilling to throw them away on a regular basis. Scooters are no longer allowed on the pavement in the neighborhood.
The most famous song about the district was recorded in 1933 by the Lone Star Cowboys under the title “Deep Elm Blues”. The song and lyrics were recorded by Georgia Crackers in 1927, “The Georgia Black Bottom”. The Shelton Brothers record “Deep Elem Blues” in 1935. Despite these earlier recordings, the song was credited. The lyrics tell of white men who seek immoral and illegal entertainment in an Afro-American district.
In 1991, the city commissioned local artists to create murals along the GoodLatimer Expressway tunnel (an important entrance to the neighborhood) in a project called TunnelVisions, organized by artist Frank Campagna. In 2009, Campagna led artists in completing a mural project along the redesigned GoodLatimer Gateway and then additional mural projects in the adjacent art park. under the I30 flyover at Good Latimer between Commerce and Canton Streets. The wide variety of images, mostly graffiti-style, has long been a popular tourist attraction.