Black & Blue: Cultural Oasis in the Hills, 2013
Paul Quinn College
Commemorative markers – both physical and virtual – honored the rich heritage of Bishop College.
Black & Blue: Cultural Oasis in the Hills celebrated Bishop College’s role in the intellectual and cultural life of Dallas through a series of historical markers commemorating important people and moments from the college. Meek also developed an interactive web and app component, featuring photographs, a timeline and video interviews, which continued the story of Bishop College and remained an active website. Bishop College was a historically black college founded in Marshall, Texas in 1881 that moved to southern Dallas in 1961 and closed in 1988. The college played a significant role in the development of academic and cultural life in Dallas, giving birth to important cultural institutions such as the African American Museum and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The campus is now occupied by Paul Quinn College. To develop her project, nationally-recognized Dallas artist Vicki Meek worked with former Bishop College faculty and alumni, and members of the Highland Hills and Singing Hills neighborhoods around the school. Meek described the motivation behind her work as a desire “to reclaim African American history, restore our collective memory, and illuminate critical issues affecting the Black community through visual communication.”