Springfield walking trail to honor local African-American history | Philadelphia Tribune

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The Jones Alley Business District in Springfield was home to barber shops, restaurants and other businesses that served Black customers when white-owned establishments would not.

Black churches baptized their congregants at Silver Springs Park, the only park open to African Americans in a segregated Springfield.

Before integration, Lincoln High School is where Black students attended classes and the community came together for dances, plays and pageants.

Those are a few of the sites that will likely be memorialized in Springfield’s new African-American Heritage Trail, a walking path that will wind between historic monuments on the city’s north side, the Springfield-News Leader reported.

Cheryl Clay, president of the local NAACP chapter, is part of a committee working on the trail project.

“Black history is very rarely taught in Springfield public schools, especially at the local level,” Clay said. “This is a way to educate not only our youth, but people who live here, about the history of our city.”

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