Arlington Community Invited to Free Screening of ‘Echoes From The Hill’ Docuseries Episode Oct. 18 at UT Arlington
By Office of Communication
Posted on October 07, 2022, October 07, 2022

Echoes from The Hill

Residents have a new opportunity this month to catch the first episode of a compelling docuseries that explores what life was like for Black residents in a small Arlington community known as The Hill.

A free screening of “A Place of Our Own” is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at The Rosebud Theatre, located at 300 W 1st St. The theatre is located inside the E.H. Herford University Center at The University of Texas at Arlington. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m. and residents are encouraged to stay for a panel discussion that will be held after the screening.

Approximately a five-block area of the city, The Hill was the only historic addition platted specifically for Arlington’s African American residents.

The docuseries’ first episode features photos, maps, documents and excerpts from interviews with Black residents and their descendants who lived in this community. Interviews include the Rev. Carl Pointer, Bob Ray Sanders, Randy Parker, Bertha Jones, Geraldine Mills and Beverly Jackson on topics ranging from segregation to influential church and business leaders to the vibrant night life in The Hill. Additionally, it features scholars Gene B. Preuss, Ph.D., and W. Marvin Dulaney, Ph.D., who explore African American life in North Texas after emancipation as well as the history of racial control that would evolve into Jim Crow laws. Click here to watch the trailer for the first episode.

The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which sponsored the first episode of the planned five-part Echoes from The Hill documentary, initially hosted a public screening of “A Place of Our Own” during the Arlington Juneteenth Jubilee.

The Oct. 18 screening is generously sponsored by the UT Arlington Center for African American Studies, Arlington Branch of the NAACP, Nu Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cornerstone Baptist Church, The Trio Program and Mayor’s Black Advisory Council. Click here to download the event flyer.

Guests who wish to park at the UTA campus for free for the event should preregister their vehicle. Click here to pre-register. Then follow these instructions:

  • Select: Department-Hosted Event
  • Select: CAAS Showing of 'Echoes from The Hill'
  • Enter voucher code: CAAS
  • Select permit type: EVT-COMP Fac/Staff Surface Lots (After5PM)
  • Select the active date
  • Add vehicle information and confirm

King Hollis and Lindell Singleton directed the documentary. It was produced by Southroad Pictures, with associate producers Geraldine Mills, Anthony Cisneros and Shirley Adams and executive producers Lemuel Randolph, Lisa Thompson, Jennifer Wichmann, King Hollis and Lindell Singleton. The project was funded by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.

Additional public screenings are expected to be announced on the City’s website at a later date.

Interested in learning more about The Hill? Visit the Arlington Public Library's Black History Community Archive. This digital collection, created and hosted by the library, provides free searchable access 24/7 to many of the historical photos, recordings, and documents that will be featured in the “Echoes from The Hill” documentary projects.

For more information about the documentary, visit the Echoes From The Hill website.

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