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Historic Freedom Corner is damaged.Leaders work to rebuild

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Damaged plaque at Freedom Corner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District

Local leaders are rebuilding Pittsburgh’s historic Freedom Corner after a recent car crash left a large crack under the nameplate and damaged the surrounding sidewalk.

“We are devastated by the damage,” says Sarah Udin, the civil rights activist who helped dedicate the memorial and current president of the Pittsburgh Public School Board. “We are working with two of her contractors to do the repairs. They volunteered to build the sidewalk.

Freedom Corner has an important place in both black and American history.

In 2001, the Freedom Corner memorial was Dedicated to black community fight for freedomever since civil rights activists in the city first began using it as a rallying point for social justice marches.

click to enlarge Historic Freedom Corner is damaged.Leaders work to rebuild

CP Photo: Jared Wickerham

Damaged plaque at Freedom Corner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District

More specifically, Freedom Corner is where the black community end urban renewal A project promoted by the City of Pittsburgh. In the late 1950s, developers demolished the lower part of the Hill District to eventually build the Civic Arena in 1961, but community resistance halted future development plans.

The Freedom Corner site has also become a gathering place for activists during marches and protests.

After Martin Luther King was assassinated, the Hill District’s black community began demonstrating in the Hill District. They marched to the Freedom Corner location, where they were confronted by law enforcement. For many Black Pittsburghs, the memorial is a symbol of what the community had to overcome, but it also gives hope for a better future.

Udin says alderman Daniel Lavelle has been actively working to find a solution.

“Messenger Ravel is working with public works to carry out the repairs,” says Uddin. “The city doesn’t have the money to fix it.



Historic Freedom Corner is damaged.Leaders work to rebuild

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