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As Summerville park sees improvements, Black residents remember its cultural impact | News

SUMMERVILLE — Years ago, Doty Park near downtown looked drastically different when it was a huge hub for Black residents.

There wasn’t a community center. And baseball fields used to sit where tennis courts now stand. Those fields were typically filled predominately with Black residents from the Alston and Brownsville areas. 

Anthony Pinckney, a 58-year-old native Summerville resident, said his wife ran the concession stand. He used to drive around the park after the baseball fields were replaced, trying to remember the good days.

Louis Smith, another longtime Summerville resident, said being there in the 1980s and ’90s felt like a neighborhood experience.

“You probably had a lot of marriage proposals out there,” he said. “It was a cultural hub of the community.”

For decades, Doty Park was the home to the Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball League. It was a program where Black and White children in large numbers could

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How you can help us remember Indiana’s COVID-19 nursing home victims

Did a family member or loved one die after contracting COVID-19 in an Indiana nursing home?

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If so, we would like to share their photograph, and possibly their story, to raise awareness about conditions in these homes. The effort is part of an ongoing IndyStar investigation.

To participate, or ask questions, email us at coronavirus@indystar.com.

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Please send us a recent photograph and some basic biographical information, including your loved one’s name, age, date of death, name of nursing home, and a little bit about their interests, activities or life. Also please include your name and contact information.



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