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From Segregation to Restoration: Reviving Baptisttown

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Evansville African American Museum

579 South Garvin Street

Evansville, IN 47713

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In 1938, Evansville held the largest concentration of African Americans in southern Indiana, with the majority of its black residents living in an area known as Baptisttown. On August 18 and 19, Indiana Landmarks hosts From Segregation to Restoration: Reviving Baptisttown, a two-day workshop and bus tour examining the area’s heritage, and how harnessing such history can help revive African American places across the state.

The Baptisttown community began with the founding of Liberty Baptist Church in 1865 and thrived in the early twentieth century with African American schools, churches, civic clubs, hospital, and stores. In 1938, Eleanor Roosevelt presided over the Baptisttown opening of Lincoln Gardens, the second Federal housing project built under FDR’s New Deal.

One building from Lincoln Gardens, repurposed as Evansville African American Museum, hosts Reviving Baptisttown’s Friday night reception on August 18. On Saturday, we will begin the day at 9 a.m. at Lincoln High School, the city’s primary black school, built by the Baptisttown community, hosts a panel of experts on cultural preservation, who’ll discuss exhibiting place based artifacts, using technology to tell the story of places lost and extant, and re-purposing African-American landmarks.

Jeanne Cyriaque, advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation from Georgia, will discuss how to increase capacity for historic preservation in the African American community, with an emphasis on job creation and economic improvement.

Lunch and a bus tour of Baptisttown follow the program. The charge for Reviving Baptisttown includes the Friday evening reception, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, the program and bus tour.

The museum and high school are handicapped accessible.

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Evansville African American Museum

579 South Garvin Street

Evansville, IN 47713

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