Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Telling Our Story

October 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lee Road Baptist Church
3970 Lee Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128
Michael Fleenor
(216) 426-1000

Shining a Spotlight

Tucked away off Lee Road is the historic Arthur Bussey neighborhood. This grouping of sturdy brick houses lines Myrtle Avenue and Highview Road, with many properties still exhibiting original mid-century details such as aluminum awnings and wrought iron railings. Located within Ward 1, the Bussey Subdivision is part of the original “move-up” neighborhood for African-American Clevelanders. With several houses still inhabited by original owners, the Bussey Subdivision stands as a testament to African American builders and homeowners who overcame obstacles in the 1950s and early 1960s to create a suburban experience in the City.

In collaboration with Councilman Terrell Pruitt and the Harvard Community Services Center, the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) is presenting two community events that explore the cultural heritage of Ward 1, which is comprised of Lee-Harvard, Lee-Seville, and Miles Heights.  The first of which is “Telling Our Story”


Telling Our Story

This takes place on Sunday, October 29th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, at Lee Road Baptist Church. Current and former residents are invited to share their stories of how they arrived in Lee Harvard as well as their experiences growing up and living in the neighborhood. Dr. Todd M. Michney, Ph.D. and the author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland 1900-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) will lead attendees in sharing their stories, which will be archived as part of the Cleveland Memory Project and the Cleveland Public Library Digital Collection. Michney’s book details the ways that African Americans built strong neighborhoods in the face of discrimination.

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