A new arts feature is bringing a bit of history and some new excitement to Opportunity Park in South Dallas.

The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department unveiled a series of panels highlighting the African American history of South Dallas, before a large crowd on Friday.

The four panels reveal photos and details on early African American business and civic leaders, profiles on educators, historic sites, grassroots neighborhood groups, and information about the first Black schools in South Dallas.

Opportunity Park art reveal

Supporters of the project say the panels will allow park visitors to reflect on historic places and events, and remember many of the pioneers who helped shape the South Dallas community.

Opportunity Park art reveal

The arts feature and the park were visions of former Councilman Leo Chaney, Jr. His family was present for the unveiling.

Neighbors say they hope the interpretive panels could make Opportunity Park a destination place and a vehicle where folks can soak up the strong history of South Dallas.