Lewis Place

The Lewis Place Neighborhood

The Lewis Place Neighborhood

I am inspired by the savvy fight of Robert Witherspoon.  American history is full of struggles, and this is evidence of the epic struggles for freedom right here in our own backyard.  Anyone that stands up and fights against social injustice is a hero in my book. Why Robert Witherspoon is not part of the local social studies or Black History Month curriculum is beyond me.  My kids should be on a bus going to visit the gates of Lewis Place that marked the boundaries of where a black person could and could not buy a home.  This is part of our history and we need to face it head on.  I'm proud of what Witherspoon was able to accomplish, and proud that these residential restriction covenants were struck down right in our backyard.