Endangered African American Historic Sites

Indiana's Top 10 List of Endangered Historic Structures for 2020

A preservation group's annual list of Indiana's most endangered historic structures is out. The list includes two schools that provided unprecedented learning opportunities to African Americans - Gary Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana and Union Literary Institute in Union City, Indiana.

A preservation group's annual list of Indiana's most endangered historic structures is out. The list includes two schools that provided unprecedented learning opportunities to African Americans - Gary Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana and Union Literary Institute in Union City, Indiana.

Places that land on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered list often face a combination of problems including abandonment, neglect or owners who simply lack money for repairs.

It serves as an alarm bell really to say this is a place that is threatened and if we don't act we could lose this place for good, says director of communications Mindi Woolman.  She says the list can help with public awareness.

The 10 Most Endangered in 2020 includes three sites repeating from last year's list and seven new entries.

  • Church of the Holy Cross, Indianapolis (repeat entry from 2019 list)
  • Downtown Attica (repeat entry from 2019 list) 
  • Elwood Carnegie Library
  • Falley-O'Gara-Pyke House, Lafayette
  • Gary Roosevelt High School
  • Monon Station, Bedford
  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Richmond (repeat entry from 2019 list)
  • Romweber House, Batesville
  • Tipton County Jail & Sheriff's Residence
  • Union Literary Institute, Union City

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