African-American History

Ms. Carolyn King Arnold 

DISD Educator, Dallas City Council District 4 Representative (June 2015-2017, 2018-Present) and community organizer. As a radio talk show host on Heaven 97 KHVN Community First, she can be heard the 1st Saturday of every Month.

Mr. Arthello Beck  

The late husband of Ms. Mae Beck, he was a Dallas artist best known for his paintings dealing with the Civil Rights Movement.

Ms. Barbara Braeshear

DISD Educator

Jimmie Tyler Braeshear 

Ms. Brashear was born in Lexington, KY and was the daughter of a Lexington schoolteacher and barber. She would later live with an aunt in Madison, WI. According to the Dallas Morning News, Brashear was the only African American in the 1924 graduating class at the University of Wisconsin. In 1929, she joined the Dallas School District with the responsibility of training African American grade school teachers. Brashear would advance to become the first African American school administrator in Dallas. She retired in 1967, after 43 years as an educator, and began teaching at what is now Paul Quinn College

Mr. Tim Brown 

NFL Hall of Fame 2015. Mr. Brown tie to the neighborhood is his aunt, who worked at the Mark Twain Elementary School in Glen Oaks.

Mr. Dozier Carter

A lawyer for over 40 years.

Mr. George Clark 

The first African-American to be licensed as a Master Plumber in the state of Texas. He is GOHA’s oldest member at 93 years old, and is still attended meetings.

Mr. Eli Davis

Democratic Election Judge, precinct 3054 for over 40 years. Under his leadership, this precinct had some of the highest voter participation in Dallas. Mr. Davis has also served as the Glen Oaks Homeowners Association (GOHA) president for 15 years. He has been married for 67 years.

Mr. Tommy Duncan 

DISD Educator, Skyline High School 

Mr. Christopher Edwards 


Mr. Kevin Finley 

Owner of Beckley Medical Supply on S. Beckley Ave.

Mr. Chester Green 

Owner “Mr. C’s Catfish Restaurant” on Lancaster Rd.  This restaurant held a “Best Catfish” award for 10 years.

Mr. George Keaton

AA Bus Tours. He covers North Dallas & other points of interest. He has also published related calendars & cookbooks.

Mrs. Cleal Neal  

The first black female dental technician to work at the Veterans Administration, North Texas Healthcare Systems Central Dental lab from1967 to 2002. 

Mrs. Annie Nelson 

DISD Educator for 39 yrs. She was among the 1st Black teachers to teach at David W. Carter High School in 1977.  Mrs. Nelson was the first PTA President for Mark Twain Elementary School, and the first Crime Watch captain for GOHA.

Ms. Barbara Record  

Owner of "Records BBQ" on Lancaster Rd. Her late husband, Albert Records was known as “The Godfather of BBQ”.

Mr. Sherman Roberts 

A noted developer in the Lancaster Corridor who’s projects include Rudy’s Chicken, as well as women’s housing and apartment initiatives.

Ms. Olivia Robinson 

DISD Educator 

Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Sheppard

Owners of “Freddie’s Fast Food Restaurant & Dry Cleaners” located at the corner of Polk & Wheatland Rd for 10 years.  In April 2018, they will have been married for 48 years. Mr. Sheppard, also known to customers as “Mr. Freddie” and the “Nacho King”, has also been a Training Supervisor with DART for 28 years. Their daughter’s first teaching job was here in Glen Oaks at Mark Twain Elementary.

Mr. Bobby Slade

Formerly the principal at Skyline High School, he was the first African-American to serve on the DISD Solicitation Fund Board (5 years), rising to the position of chairman.

Mr. Chester Thomas


Mr. & Mrs. Al and Theresa Wash

Owners of the acclaimed TeCo Theater in Oak Cliff. They are also one of the promoters of the Prairie View A&M Game held each year in Dallas. Mrs. Wash has provided one million dollars of her own money to start this business.