Reviving the Spirit
The Story of Martindale-Brightwood Watch Online.
Founded in the 1870s, Martindale-Brightwood began
as two distinct settlements: Brightwood, a booming railroad center
that attracted mostly white immigrants and Martindale, a blue collar
community where many of the city’s African Americans were
forced to settle. Today, it’s one of Indianapolis’ most
historic neighborhoods. And it’s that well-established identity
and rich culture that are currently driving renewal.
Reviving the Spirit: The Story of Martindale-Brightwood illuminates
the rich history of this northeast side neighborhood
and captures the determination of today’s
residents to maintain the pride and stability
that have long been the hallmarks of their community. In recent
residents have rallied together and developed
a new vision for their community — a plan designed to help
children, lower crime, improve incomes and revitalize housing.
Produced by Emmy award-winning journalist Kim Hood Jacobs, Reviving
the Spirit features interviews with some of the
multiple-generation families who still call Martindale-Brightwood
home. The program
also examines some of the environmental and crime
issues that are currently confronting the community, and shows
done to resolve these problems. Reviving the Spirit was made possible through a grant from the Annie
E. Casey Foundation.
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