Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum

A nonprofit organization

The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum is housed in the actual home of the late Kathlyn Joy Gilliam which has been designated a City of Dallas historical landmark. The Museum honors the legacy of Mrs. Gilliam who was one of Dallas' greatest, most courageous civil rights leaders and a champion for boys and girls. She fought and won many battles that literally changed not only Dallas, but the entire nation in the areas of education, justice and political empowerment for African-Americans. The Museum shares Mrs. Gilliam's vision of educating the community by providing a safe environment and educational programs for adults and children. Mrs. Gilliam fought fearlessly to shape a better and brighter future for generations of youth and was a champion for both civil rights and education who represented the South Dallas community with dignity and pride. The Museum displays her awards, books, writings and photos, while also serving the community as a learning center. The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum serves as a tribute to an icon who helped make a difference in many lives.

Our Needs

Thank you for considering our current needs which include but are not limited to the following: Facility Upkeep/Operating Expenses; Storage Unit;  Permanent Digital Exhibits; Laptop Computers; Sound System throughout Museum; professional concrete donor walkway. We are also in need of permanent office space on premises-- separate from the Museum; also volunteers.


Provide a safe, inspiring environment for community to build a solid educational foundation for students of all ages; develop community and business leaders for generations to come; offer debate team training for elementary school age students and reading programs; share/display Mrs. Gilliam's artifacts to inspire others; create exceptional learning space for students; engage students to serve the community; and continue community service in the fashion provided by Mrs. Gilliam.

Equity Statement

We believe in and stand for values of inclusion, equity and justice. We welcome people of all ages, races, and faith. We recognize the rights of all individuals.

We continue the work in making our programs accessible and open to all individuals.

Organization Data


Organization name

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum

Tax id (EIN)



Operating Budget

Less than $100,000

Counties Served

Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Rockwall, Tarrant

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx

BIPOC Leadership

Both the Executive Director/CEO and Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


3817 Wendelkin Street
Dallas, TX 75215