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Poindexter Village

Toni Shorter Smith and her mother-in-law Reita Bynum Smith.
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Preserving African American history has many challenges. That's why many saw it as a victory when two buildings from Poindexter Village were saved from demolition. The two buildings on Columbus’s Near East Side are being preserved as a museum exploring one of the nation’s first public housing programs and the tight-knit community it created.

Debbie Holmes

What was the site of the nation’s first ever public housing complex is getting a second life. As residents begin moving into new housing at the old Poindexter Village, though, many see the complex as a site of lost history. 

Remembering Poindexter Village

Aug 5, 2016
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation / Wikimedia Commons

Columbus’ Poindexter Village was dedicated as a public housing development in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It aimed to give African Americans affordable living and later, became known as a beloved, thriving community for many years. Today, only two buildings remain of the original development, but Poindexter is being remembered as it once was, with a new exhibit by the Columbus Historical Society called Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories.

Remembering Poindexter Village

Jun 16, 2016
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation / Wikimedia Commons

Columbus’ Poindexter Village was dedicated as a public housing development in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It aimed to give African Americans affordable living and later, became known as a beloved, thriving community for many years. Today, only two buildings remain of the original development, but Poindexter is being remembered as it once was, with a new exhibit by the Columbus Historical Society called Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories.

New Exhibit Celebrates Poindexter Village

Jun 3, 2016
An early shot of Poindexter Village in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Historical Society

An exhibit to remember the one of the first public housing developments in the state is planned for this weekend in Columbus.