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0000017c-83f8-d4f8-a77d-b3fd0cf60000On August 9, 2018, the dedication and ribbon cutting were held for the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences in downtown Evansville. The facility will house numerous health professions programs for the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana University Medical School Evansville campus. The programs will work side by side to create a transformational approach to health care and medical education.

Evansville African American Museum bringing Baptisttown history back to the neighborhood

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The  Evansville African American Museum is partnering with the city's Department of Metropolitan Development to create a walking tour of the surrounding neighborhood, affectionately called, "Baptisttown," by the people who lived there during its heyday. The area surrounding Lincoln and Governor Streets was historically an all-black neighborhood, before the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

On this episode of The Trend, we'll take a look at Baptisttown, then and now.  We'll talk with the museum officials, the director of the DMD and a resident of Lincoln Gardens, formerly a public housing project, who remembers the Baptisttown district as a tight-knit "village" where neighbors looked out for one another.

The community was once a thriving economic hub of downtown Evansville, and its original residents fear that its rich African-American history is at risk of being forgotten. We'll hear how the Heritage Trail aims to preserve that history and create new opportunities for development and commerce in the neighborhood.

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