Bryant Irvin Road separates the Ridglea and Como neighborhoods. But 50 years ago, a concrete wall topped by barbed wire stretched for 10 blocks to divide the predominantly Black Como residents from their white neighbors in Ridglea.
“It’s a small piece but it is a reflection of the Fort Worth way and that is to bend too far back to accommodate atrocious symbols with reasonable alternative explanations,” Estrus Tucker, a life-long Como native said.
For many Black Como residents, the wall, which was built in the 1940s, was seen as a way to keep them out of Ridglea. Signs on the Como side warned passers-by not to trespass.