The Friends of Dreamland welcomes you to DreamlandBallroom.org
The Taborian Hall at 800 W. 9th St. has stood in downtown Little Rock for 100 years. Once a central fixture of religious expression, fraternal support, economic progress, and entertainment in the African-American community in the early 20th century, this beautiful old building now houses Arkansas Flag and Banner, the Friends of Dreamland Non-profit (FOD), and the Dreamland Ballroom.
In March, 2018 the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service awarded a $499,668 African American Civil Rights Grant to FOD in order to make the historic building more accessible to the public. The grant will be used for an elevator, which will make it Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Keep an eye on out Facebook page and/or, right here, on our website for routine progress reports on the construction.
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Friends of Dreamland is a non-profit formed in 2009 to preserve Taborian Hall’s Dreamland Ballroom, and tell the history of this once-thriving African American business district in Little Rock, Arkansas, known as “The Line.”
Explore this site to find out how you can support FOD! Attend Dancing into Dreamland, our annual fundraiser, this November 2nd. Donate and be immortalized on the sidewalk around the building through our Pave the Way campaign. Go to our Go Fund Me page to help us frame one of Edwin Brewer’s final series of paintings, donated to FOD in the spring of 2017. Follow us on social media to find out about open tour dates and other events. Or contact us for volunteer opportunities or to schedule a group tour!
Looking for other avenues of education about Little Rock’s African American history? Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a wonderful organization that shares Taborian Halls’ 9th St corridor and are a wonderful resource for AR black history.
AETN has produced a documentary, “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street”, that aired in 2017. Follow their show schedule to see this wonderfully crafted story about Little Rock’s W 9th St.
In addition, UA Little Rock helped publish a book called, “Temple of Dreams” by Berna J Love, which chronicles the Ballroom’s history. Ms Love also wrote “End of the Line,” a book about The Line and the formation and dissipation of the 9th St black business district in downtown Little Rock, AR.