Butler Place - A Public Housing Era Closes

January 25,2021

Reposted from the Denton Black Film Festival

Butler Place opened in 1940 to provide quality housing to Fort Worth residents in need. The community became a cherished home to more than 400 families. Over time, the public housing community was cut off from the rest of the city by highway construction, an island that separated its residents from jobs and opportunity. After 80 years, Butler Place public housing community closed for good in 2020. This short documentary celebrates the history of Butler Place and the modern policies that allow former residents to choose affordable homes across Fort Worth with better access to jobs and quality schools.

Join us on Saturday, January 30th for a Live Stream conversation at 3:45pm. We invite you to watch the films when they become available at 3:00pm (CST) prior to the Live conversation, but you also have the option to tune into the Live Stream first then watch the films at your leisure until the festival ends on February 2nd at 12:00am. The conversation will focus on housing and other social justice issues in the country — especially as it concerns communities of color and other disenfranchised groups. This important subject, not only historically — but given our present circumstances with the pandemic and its affect on an already challenging area, it is fitting that attention be brought to this matter during the festival.