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CANCELLED Reviving a Forgotten Freetown: Mobilizing Family History to Protect Communities

November 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


During this half-day workshop, we will explore how the small African American community of Norwood was able to mobilize their family history to protect their community from unwelcome change. This hands-on program will allow us to help participants organize their family stories into community histories using newly developed “archival kits.” Intergenerational (12+) but younger children welcome.

Learn about the history of the Norwood, a neighborhood on the southeast side of Indianapolis, founded in the 1860s with the arrival of soldiers who had served in the 28th U.S. Colored Troops during the American Civil War. Ongoing historical research and the creation of community archives are helping preserve this unique cultural asset and this workshop aims to help participants gain the skills in preserving their own family and community histories.

The workshop will consist of a history lesson on Norwood followed by hands-on activities in which participants will discover the best methods for building their own archives to tell their own stories on their own terms using newly developed take-home archival kits. By creating new histories that allow historically marginalized communities to be centered, the workshop aims to uplift people by creating a space where they can define themselves and feel the embodied sense of pride and community that this recognition gives.

Designed as an intergenerational gathering, this event is great for elders, parents, and youth age 12+. But if you have younger children, please bring them with you! WE will have adapted materials available for them to explore. More details will be shared after registration, but attendees should plan to bring family photos, documents, and other materials with them to analyze.

Partnership between Norwood Community Archives, Center for Africana Studies & Culture, and Center for Black Literature & Culture.

Contact event organizers at 317-777-5020 or norwoodcommunityarchives@gmail.com.

Seating limited to 10 families (2—4 people per group). RSVP by Oct. 25.

Register below.

Black/white photo of a group of African American churchgoers in front of a church building/steeple.
Image Courtesy Norwood Community Archives Penick Meyers Family Collection Ms Flinora Frazier


Central Library – Center for Black Literature & Culture
40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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Parking Instructions
Metered parking and underground garage parking is available. The garage is accessible off of Pennsylvania St. ($1/hr)
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