Sandwiching in History: Taborian Hall

Sandwiching in History: Taborian Hall
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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
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Feb 03, 12:00PM
Feb 03, 01:00PM
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800 W. 9th St., Little Rock, Arkansas, US, 72201
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Ashley Sides

Preservation Outreach Coordinator

Taborian Hall was completed in 1918 to serve as the state headquarters for the Arkansas Chapter of the Knights and Daughters of Tabor, an African American fraternal organization. By 1920, Taborian Hall also housed a variety of African American-owned businesses and professional offices. The West Ninth Street business district became the destination for Black nightlife, especially in the 1940s and 1950s, with Taborian Hall’s Dreamland Ballroom playing host to musical greats like Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Earl Hines. Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic building on West Ninth Street and stands as a reminder of Little Rock’s once-prosperous African American business district.

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