|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1912|
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 2000|
Mayor of Dallas, Texas 1949 - 1951
Wallace Savage, former mayor, died
Preservation, equality efforts hailed
Former Dallas Mayor Wallace Savage, who is credited with preserving one of the city's best known historic areas and bring racial equality to some of the city's amenities died Monday at his home at age 87. His wife of 58 years, Dorothy, died in August 2000.
Serving in the city's top spot from 1949 to 1951, Mr. Savage was best known for his passion in and out of office related to historic preservation, schooling for children with disabilities and equality for blacks.
Beginning in the 1950s, he and his wife worked to save the historic homes along Swiss Avenue from being razed in favor of apartments. Mrs. Savage helped establish the Swiss Avenue Historic District in 1973 and the organization that later became Preservation Dallas, whose efforts focus on history buildings.
Mr. Savage's influence went beyond the Swiss Avenue Historic district. Mr. Savage, who was 36 when elected, also took on the injustices against blacks at a time when segregation was the norm and violence kept many minorities in constant fear. He eliminated the city's segregated ambulance service, which forced black residents to ride in different ambulances where they often received substandard medical treatment. He also made city parts accessible to blacks and refused to bow to pressure from white leaders who wanted to deny police protection to blacks, according to past newspaper stories.
(Source: Kendall Anderson, Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News, 22 Jun 2000 pg. 21A, 28A;, 23 June 2000 pg. 32A)
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