Theresa Garrison on witnessing 'urban renewal' in Milwaukee
City of Milwaukee Bronzeville Advisory Committee member Theresa Garrison shares memories of growing up in a Black neighborhood that was razed in the 1960s in the course of "urban renewal" projects.
By Nathan Denzin | Here & Now
October 11, 2023 • Southeast Region
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But then there was a lot of places they tore down, and nothing else was built there. I remember the church that I was first baptized in, St. Mark's AME, they tore that down. It was on 11th and Reservoir. And I went to junior high school. I went to Roosevelt Junior High, and a lot of the homes around there had been torn down, and I can't honestly say if anything was rebuilt there. And so, as far as urban renewal, I'll just say it was urban tragedies, people losing their homes. I don't know if the homes were bought, if the people were forced out of their homes. But I remember kids I used to grow up with, I didn't see 'em anymore 'cause they didn't live in the neighborhood anymore. But I stayed on 5th and Meinecke. And I can just say, right around the times that they started building up the expressway, I remember, I think it's two cement company, they would bring their equipment in, and they'd have big cement trucks all along from, I'd say from 6th and North all the way to 8th and North. And they stayed there for a long time, I guess, until they got the expressway finished.
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