The West Irving Improvement Association was established in 1964 to address the need for basic community services in the community known as Bear Creek. Founded by former slaves, Bear Creek is one of the oldest black communities in North Texas. We will be celebrating Juneteenth on June 19, 2021 (3pm-7pm). It's going to be a family friendly event. The day will include a Live Band, DJ, Food, Vendors and a Museum Tours.
Now Accepting Vendor applications:
The West Irving Improvement Association is pleased to welcome you to vendors for Juneteenth 2021. This is a great opportunity to promote your business and/or organization to our very diverse community. Please follow the link and register your business. We look forward to sharing this exciting event with you.
Bear Creek is one of the oldest African American communities of freed enslaved peoples, formed in the state of Texas before the Civil War or the Emancipation Proclamation. Currently Bear Creek is located in the cities of Grand Prairie and Irving, TX, but its settlers became property owners in the 1850s before both cities were established. This makes the Bear Creek settlement older than the cities that annexed it by subdividing the community between the two cities, establishing a precedent of political and social neglect in the form of segregation and discrimination that persisted in legal form until 1964. Residents of Bear Creek historically did most of their business in Irving because it is the closest municipality. The residents of Bear Creek and members of WIIA hoped and assumed, at that time, Irving would annex all of Bear Creek. That is why Irving is in the name of the organization.