Located just east of downtown Dallas and south of the railroad, Deep Ellum was originally home to the earliest African- American community in Dallas, dating back to the mid-1800s, when it was settled as a “freedman’s town” after the Civil War.
In the 1920s, Deep Ellum was a thriving retail and entertainment center for Dallas African-Americans – a gathering place for jazz and blues artists. The roster of now-famous musicians who began their careers in Deep Ellum include Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins and Leadbelly, among others.
The neighborhood began to decline after World War II, but was revitalized during the 1980s to become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Dallas, with numerous bars, clubs and galleries. Now considered eclectic and alternative, Deep Ellum is once again considered a thriving entertainment district and home to residents who enjoy living in a thriving cultural area in a vibrant urban setting.