This Historic Site Is In Danger Of Being Lost Forever

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The Inn of the Dove Motel wasn’t always the aging property it is today. In fact, most Dallas residents have no clue of its significance to Black history.

In 1956, the motel switched names a few times. The original “Triple ‘R’ Ranch Motel” turned into the “Triple ‘A’ Motel” - and each received a coveted mention in “The Negro Travelers’ Green Book.” 

This was the guide that directed Black travelers to places that didn’t merely tolerate their presence but even welcomed them. The care poured into the property made this known.

The Inn of the Dove motel of the present day may not have the swimming pool, coffee shop, or soda fountain of decades prior, but its owners want to keep its character intact.

That won’t be as easy as it sounds. 

The motel is one of only two Dallas businesses mentioned in the Green Book that still stands. 

Other than the historic Moorland Family YMCA, the rest have been purchased and bulldozed by developers who couldn’t care less about preserving Black historical landmarks.

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