Temple of Dreams: Taborian Hall and its Dreamland Ballroom by Berna Love.
Kerry McCoy, President of FlagandBanner.com, is proud to annouce the release of the long awaited history of the Taborian Hall and Dreamland Ballroom. Taborian Hall is the home of FlagandBanner.com.
An except from the books jacket: 'Old timers call it simply 'Dreamland' or 'Taborian Temple,' but most Little Rock natives know the stately, three-story, red brick building on the corner of Ninth and State Streets as Taborian Hall, home of Arkansas Flag and Banner, Inc. Temple of Dreams documents the illustrious history of Taborian Hall, the last extant building of the once vibrant African American community centered on West Ninth Street. Constructed in 1916-1918 as the state headquarters for the Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Taborian Hall stood at the heart of the Line, as West Ninth Street was called, and housed a multitude of commercial businesses and professional offices. During two world wars, Taborian Hall served as a service club and a USO for thousands of black soldiers and war workers. By the post-war years, Taborian Hall, a regular touring stop on the 'Chittlin’ Circuit', evolved into 'club central' and the era’s greatest musical stars performed there: 'Fatha' Hines, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, B. B. King, and Ray Charles, among others. Devastated by integration and urban renewal of the 1970’s, Taborian Hall had declined to such an extent that it had become a flophouse for transients and its demolition appeared imminent. Miraculously saved from destruction by Kerry McCoy, Taborian Hall approaches its 100th birthday, it is reawakening to its proud heritage and entering an exciting new chapter in its history.'