Bronzeville MKE Ringer Tee
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CreamCity Neighborhood Association Presents the 2nd entry for the neighborhood of Bronzeville.
"In My Midwest Hometown, Walnut Street Was Our Harlem." - Richard G. Carter
Bronzeville Milwaukee holds a SPECIAL place in my heart. As a Black man I found it fascinating the historic epicenter that was comprised in this neighborhood. It was our Tulsa, our Rosewood.
Known variously as the "Inner Core", “Sixth Ward,” and “Little Africa,” among other names, Bronzeville was the historic core of African American Milwaukeeans on the city’s Near North Side.
Racial segregation roughly defined its boundaries along State Street, North Avenue, North 3rd Street (now Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive), and North 12th Street.
Milwaukeeans also use the designation “Bronzeville” to refer more broadly to the African-American occupied areas of the city’s North Side, an echo of how the moniker is used in Chicago.
Originally, the neighborhood was centered around Walnut Street. It was filled with barbershops, cafes and stores that were frequented by not only residents but ALSO other immigrants. The neighborhood continued to grow, and by the 1930s, it had the most African-American owned businesses of any area in the city.
Decimated by the construction of the North South Freeway (I43) and political/cultural biases of the time, Bronzeville rose from the ashes of the riots on King Drive in the 60's.
As it once was, the neighborhood is AGAIN a source of CULTURE, MUSIC, ARTS and COMMERCE. Bronzeville is a neighborhood that comprises a diverse mix of cultures that are able to create and retain an identity within the area.
Bronzeville is to be celebrated as MLK Jr Drive that travels along the heart of the community is now an official MAIN STREET, that's pretty dope.
If you find yourself in the area make sure you stop in and support the local Bronzeville Business' that are at the heart of the neighborhood!
CreamCity is RetroPhresh!