Friday, December 6, 2002 at 1:34 PM
The neighborhood surrounding Cleveland's Cultural Gardens is much different than when the first statues were erected in Rockefeller Park nearly eight decades ago. The area was once a destination for a variety of European immigrant groups. By the end of World War II, more and more of the city's white residents were heading to the suburbs. At the same time, southern blacks continued to arrive in large numbers, populating places like the Glenville neighborhood. As part of our examination of ethnicity and immigration in northeast Ohio, we've developed a unique partnership with Cleveland State University. Students in a local history seminar have researched a series of stories about the significance of the gardens. Today, as class member Tiffany Curtin reports, there's a plot of land that's waiting for an identity.
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