Many of our Dallas parks are named after important people who helped shape our community. This month, as we celebrate Black History Month we want to recognize some of our namesake parks who are named after influential African-Americans.
Anderson Bonner Park - 12000 Park Central Dr. Dallas, TX 75251
Anderson Bonner (ca. 1839–ca. 1920) was an African-American landowner, entrepreneur, and early Dallas pioneer. He was born into slavery in Alabama, most likely in the late 1830s. Census records show that he could have been born between the years of 1835 to 1839, although his headstone says he was born in 1843.
Bonner arrived in Dallas in 1870, taking residence in a family farm just north of White Rock Creek. According to the 1870 United States census, Bonner’s personal financial worth was valued at $275.
Though Bonner signed his name with an “X” on all transactions, he was a brilliant businessman and acquired an unlikely empire of nearly 2,000 acres of land, located mostly along White Rock Creek and surrounding areas in what is now, North Dallas and Richardson.
Originally part of Bonner’s estate, Anderson Bonner Park is located just west of Medical City. It has always been a popular destination for family gatherings even prior to World War II.
Photo Credit: Bonner Family