Blessing, Mrs Elizabeth 1973-07-09

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Mrs. Blessing, former Dallas city councilwoman, discusses her political career and Dallas parks issues in the context of racial and social issues of the early 1960s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. Elizabeth Blessing

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Date: July 9, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Patricia Hogan and Harry Jebson

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Status of Dallas parks in 1961 discussed, Opposition and support in the bond issue for parks reviewed, Used newspaper to win support for parks, Expresses attitude toward unfair distribution of public facilities , in relationship to minorities, Bi-racial meetings mentioned, States opinion of use of parks as a means to social solutions, Support from parks department cited, Comments on developers' attitudes toward parks, Danger of violence in parks is prevalent, Traces organization of park programs, Turtle Creek controversy described, Effect of automobile on city planning explained, Entry into politics, Attitude toward zoning expressed

Tape 1, Side 2: Discussion of career (continued), Minority questions explored in relationship to separation of city and school administration, John F. Kennedy assassination had effect on city government, Attitudes toward park department expressed

Range Dates: 1960s

Bulk Dates: 1960s

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