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MLK, Jr. Station

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North of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, near Trunk Avenue and South Boulevard and adjacent to the J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center
(1412 S. Trunk Ave., Dallas 75210 - Mapsco 46P)

MLK, Jr. Station MLK, Jr. Station is located south of Fair Park and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6 on R.B. Cullum Blvd.) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Connected to the J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center, the MLK, Jr. Station tells the story of the African American community surrounding it. Featuring images from noted photographer R.C. Hickman, the station offers a visual representation of the events and people of South Dallas. Conceived by artist Emmanuel Gillespie, the station includes a "Walk of Respect" that uses symbols to represent words such as unity, respect and wisdom. MLK, Jr. Station is served by DART Rail Green Line trains.

DART Rail Schedules:

Green Line

Connecting Bus Routes:

12,  26,  409,  595 serve the adjacent J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center.

Customer Features:

  • Passenger Shelters
  • Windscreens
  • Seating
  • Customer Information
  • Ticket Vending Machines
  • Free Parking Available at the adjacent J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center (200 spaces, No Long Term Parking)
  • Public Art

Popular Attractions and Destinations:

Just two miles east of downtown Dallas, 277 acre Fair Park is the largest historical landmark in Texas. Since 1886, Fair Park has been the site of the State Fair of Texas. Some of the park's attractions include:
  • CitySquare Community Health Services (Family Practice Clinic) (Via Bus Route 12 from J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center)
  • Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
  • James Madison High School
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Center
  • Minyard Food Store
  • Irma L. Rangal Young Women's Leadership School
  • Social Security office
  • South Dallas Café
  • Walgreen's
Please note: You may need to connect to a DART bus to complete your journey to a destination. Please contact DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111 for trip planning assistance.

Station Art:

A Stroke of Genius. Your guide to the art along the Green Line cover
Your guide to the art along the Green Line

Use this guide to plan your tour of MLK, Jr. Station.
MLK, Jr. Station - Continuing the Story
MLK, Jr. Station continues thematically where the adjacent J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center leaves off: telling the story of the community that surrounds it, framed in the context of the larger African-American experience.

Conceived by artist Emmanuel Gillespie, the station extends the "Walk of Respect" from the adjacent transit center, creating a common motif to join the two facilities. The Walk of Respect uses symbols from African kuba cloths - a form
MLK, Jr. Station fence
African drums and symbols at MLK, Jr. Station
of textile art, similar to tapestries - that represent concepts such as unity and respect. "Additionally, the handrail extends from the transit center and will have patterns symbolizing wisdom and understanding," Gillespie says. The patterns featured in the column cladding are also based on kuba cloths, and are associated with the art of storytelling.

The windscreens feature images from noted local photographer R.C. Hickman, who documented Dallas' civil rights era. The MLK, Jr. Station artphotos tell the story of the city's African-American community during that turbulent time.

In a separate piece of commissioned art, sculptor Steve Teeters augments the theme of African storytelling with the construction of two 17-foot African "talking drums."

"Drums are among the most important art forms to come from Africa," Teeters says. "They were used to tell stories, and for long-distance communication, as well. It's an appropriate image for a station named after a man who made great changes in the world simply by communicating ideas. And, just as talking drums were passed from one generation to the next, the ideas of Martin Luther King, Jr. are alive in the present and future generations."

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