Mayor Joe Hogsett announced this week that Ransom Place will be the City’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for February, 2017. The Neighborhood of the Month initiative features an important area of the Indianapolis community each month and includes events and service projects by various City departments. This month, Mayor Hogsett will highlight Ransom Place in a joint celebration of the area and its role as the oldest African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis during this month of observance.
Ransom Place, established in 1897, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior as a Historic District, serving as the most intact 19th-century African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis. Members of the community have celebrated its legacy by actively working towards preserving the infrastructure and promoting the history of the area.
The Ransom Place neighborhood is led by the Ransom Place Neighborhood Association (RPNA), which was founded by Lathan Frayser, Addie Jones, Wilma Bailey, Mary Frisby, Jean Spears, and Teresa Crawford-Cottingham. On August 14, 1991 RPNA was formed as a nonprofit entity through articles of incorporation filed with then-Secretary of State, Joe Hogsett.
“One of Indianapolis’ greatest strengths is its diversity. Our community has a deep appreciation for the culture and history of those who live here. The people of this community, and particularly our neighbors in Ransom Place, add to the culture and vibrancy of our city in positive and impactful ways. Over the next month, I look forward to encouraging all Indianapolis residents to participate in our joint celebration of Black History Month and Ransom Place as the Neighborhood of the Month, both of which are built upon the ideals of friendship and liberty,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.
City-County Councillor Vop Osili, whose district includes Ransom Place, will help to highlight neighborhood initiatives throughout the month as well.
“Ransom Place is a neighborhood defined by rich history and passionate residents with incredible amounts of civic pride,” explains Councillor Osili. “The residents value the legacy of this area, and what it means to the fabric and richness of Indianapolis. I am thrilled to highlight this neighborhood during Black History Month and look forward to celebrating Ransom Place throughout February.”
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the hashtag #IndyNoM when posting on social media about Ransom Place during the month of February. To nominate your neighborhood for Neighborhood of the Month visit: http://indy.gov/NoM.