Lincoln Heights

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Located north of Cincinnati in the Mill Creek Valley, Lincoln Heights was the first African American self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The development of Lincoln Heights began in 1923 when the Haley-Livingston Land Company of Chicago sold lots to black families in an unincorporated area called the Cincinnati Industrial Subdivision, now the southern section of Lincoln Heights. Water and sewerage were provided by special assessment through the Works Progress Administration, there were no building and zoning code services, fire and police protection were virtually nonexistent, and street maintenance and lighting were extremely inadequate. In 1939, residents of the area began efforts to incorporate so they could provide safety and necessary services for their growing community. Several of the original petitioners for incorporation lived in the Valley View subdivision, which later became the Wright Aeronautical plant, where many black migrants from the South came to help manufacture the famous B-29 bomber.
ISBN: 9780738561677
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 188
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Historian and genealogist Carolyn F. Smith is a councilperson for the Village of Lincoln Heights. Smith researched her family back three generations, discovering its migratory patterns, occupations, family traits, and other interests, and while doing so came across a wealth of information on Lincoln Heights, which she shares here in this book.
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