People can, for instance, learn about the Consumer Cooperative Trading Company that a Roosevelt High School math teacher founded in 1932 to help people during the Great Depression. The coop at 2161 Broadway grew into the largest African-American-owned grocery in the country with more than 400 members.
“Midtown was a dense walkable neighborhood with everything you needed within a few blocks and food gardens along the Little Calumet River flood plain. Not only are these stories important to tell to keep this history alive, they are also models for us to create local resilience to climate change,” Hagelberg said. “With this tour, we have to be careful not to idealize life in Historic Midtown but to humbly aim to learn from the powerful stories of residents during this difficult period.”
Attendees will get a 24-page booklet highlighting the neighborhood’s history.
The tour is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and can drive between sites if necessary. Water will be provided.
Tour guides include Hagelberg, Stewart House Garden Director Tiffany Tolbert, journalist Korry Shepard, Riggs Radio CEO Dinahlynn Biggs, IUN Professor Emeritus James Lane, Israel CME church garden director Kaija Thomas and Living Green Gardens and IUN Library Dean Libré Booker.
Partners include Brown Faces Green Spaces, Living Green Gardens, Brothers Keeper Shelter, Israel CME Church, Stewart House Urban Farms and Gardens, IUN Dept. of Minority Studies and IUN Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
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