The Jubilee Park center is a community renewal initiative in the Fair Park neighborhood in East Dallas. In 1997, St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church chose this area as the site for a community center that would create “a thriving and sustaining community where people love to live.” The church built this community center as a way of marking its 50th anniversary – their jubilee.
Through Professor DeTemple’s Latino/a Religions class, I have learned about Latino religiosity and the ways in which it manifests. The Jubilee Park center, a religiously based organization devoted to civic engagement, is an example of this.
Our assignment regarding the center is to delineate and synthesize information of the center and the neighborhood – its history, its mission and its role in Dallas today. My group is focused on the history of the neighborhood before 1997. For our research, we have spoken with older residents of the neighborhood and a Dallas historian, and have looked over old records of the area via the Dallas Public Library.
This project is tremendously fascinating and, in my opinion, what college is all about – learning completely new things and becoming engaged with one’s community.