Heritage and African American Suburbia

Monday and Wednesday 3:00–4:15 p.m.
Course Blog

In spring 2016, the Department of Anthropology offered a course that examined the historical legacy of African American suburbanization and the contemporary meanings of that history. The course partnered with suburbanites, conducting oral histories and primary historical research on Indianapolis’s earliest predominately and exclusively African American suburbs.

Heritage and African American Suburbia focused on the heritage of a series of predominately or exclusively African American communities, including Flanner House Homes, Augusta Way, and Douglas Park Homes. Students in the class produced histories of several Indianapolis neighborhoods based on ethnographic interviews with suburban residents and historical research on those communities, and that research is shared on the course blog.

For more on Paul Mullins and his research, please visit his blog Archaeology and Material Culture.