The dilapidated former Klan Hall north of downtown Fort Worth is one step closer to becoming a center for the performing arts.
Transform 1012 N. Main Street announced on Tuesday that the group had bought the building. The plan is to turn it into space for performances with resources for those the Klan sought to oppress. The group envisions art training, services for LGBTQ + youth, civil rights exhibitions and affordable workspaces for artists.
Today, the Clan Hall is empty and dilapidated on N. Main Street, with a clear view of the Tarrant County Courthouse. It was built in the 1920s as an auditorium for Fort Worth Klavern 101. But for most of its history, the hall was known as the Ellis Pecan Building.
DNAWORKS, a local art group, is one of the organizations that make up Transform 1012 N. Main Street. This was announced by DNAWORKS co-founder Daniel Banks Press Release that this purchase is a step towards creating a space for racial reconciliation in Fort Worth.
“I imagine a crossroads where the whole of Fort Worth can gather; where each cultural group feels a sense of belonging, that it is seen, represented and listened to; where we freely and openly celebrate the richness of our individual cultures; and where repairing past damages and damage leads to more respect and appreciation, creativity and love – to each other and to each other, “said Banks.
The building will be renamed The Fred Rouse Center for the Arts and Community Healing. Fred Rouse was a black butcher from the packing house lynched in Fort Worth in 1921.
Funding for the building was provided by the Rainwater Charitable Foundation. Other sponsors of the project include Atmos Energy, the Ford Foundation, MASS Design Group, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tecovas Foundation, according to a press release.
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