Milwaukee, the city: Home

About this guide

This guide assembles resources about the city of Milwaukee, especially about its poorer neighborhoods.  It can support students working with the non-profit Walnut Way, or on issues affecting minority neighborhoods

Walnut Way

Lindsay Heights neighborhood

Here's another brief paragraph about her from a book by Paul H. Geenen, Milwaukee's Bronzeville 1900-1950 (Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC: 2006), page 123.

Bernice Copeland Lindsay, born in Winchester, Indiana, was the first African American to graduate from the Ohio State University School of Journalism. She worked as a social worker in Indianapolis, Indiana, before moving to Milwaukee in 1928. She was the first African American executive director of Milwaukee's YWCA but lost her job because she did not agree with the manner in which black women were served. The practice was to turn black women out after two weeks residence while the white residents were allowed to stay as long as they wished. In 1933, Lindsay started the Mary Church Terrell house at 3002 North Ninth Street, where young women could live and receive an education. She was a member of both city and state human rights commissions. The city of Milwaukee has a street named after her, and a successful housing development between Seventeenth and Twentieth Streets, called Lindsay Heights, is named for her.

Issues affecting minority neighborhoods

About Milwaukee

Milwaukee neighborhood profiles

Above all, try to make a trip to the Memorial Reserves Desk (2nd floor near the Bridge) and see the John Gurda book on Milwaukee's neighborhoods.  He's a local historian, and his book is worth the effort.  (Sadly, it is not available as an ebook.)