Today, state Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) announced the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 31, his legislation to designate Columbus’ Poindexter Village as a state historic site.
“Poindexter Village reverberates a critical part of Columbus’ vibrant history,” said Craig. “The spirit of Poindexter Village goes beyond bricks and mortar. By designating this neighborhood as a state historic site, we are preserving the extraordinary leadership and dedication of James Preston Poindexter, the influence of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in our community and – most importantly – we are protecting the memories of all who called Poindexter Village home.”
Poindexter Village, named after Columbus’ first African-American councilmember James Preston Poindexter, was the second community housing development in the U.S. It was also part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, which included 700 community housing developments across the country. The buildings designated under Senate Bill 31 are located at 290 North Champion Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.
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about how the bill will help honor and protect the legacy of Poindexter Village.