The historic Joppa (pronounced Joppy) neighborhood of Dallas is tucked away near the banks of the Trinity River and at the edge of the Great Trinity Forest in southeast Dallas. It is believed that the community’s name originates from a biblical reference and translates to “beautiful” or “the beginning” in Hebrew.
The community was settled in the late 1860s by freed slaves of the nearby Miller plantation, and is one of the three remaining Freedman communities in Texas. It is still considered one of the best preserved Freedman communities in the United States. Joppa hosted the first Juneteenth festivities in Dallas, celebrating the day the enslaved persons in Texas first learned of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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