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Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

Your audience will be touched by these poignant documentary-style photographs of people and activities associated with the Flanner House from 1945 to 1953. Gone But Not Forgotten features photographs by O. James Fox, who documented Flanner House and the surrounding neighborhood in the near westside of Indianapolis in the 1940s and 50s.

Much of the area was considered a slum and razed as part of the Indiana Redevelopment Act in the 1940s. In post World War II times, the Flanner House offered programs such as child care, recreation, crafts, food preparation, sewing and building trades to African-Americans who lived in the community. Fox’s photographs feature buildings, homes, families and especially children. He captured starkly contrasting images from dilapidated structures and trash to children fishing and a centenarian growing old gracefully. The exhibit also includes Fox’s poems about the neighborhood and its people.

Ideas for use: Showcase neighborhood images from your collection, share stories of changes to your community or host a poetry contest while this exhibit is on display.

Gone But Not Forgotten consists of poetry panels and individually framed photographs. It requires approximately 70 linear feet of wall space. Each poetry panel has a Velcro backing, and each photo frame is wired for hanging. The borrower is responsible for hanging the exhibit and taking it down after the show.

To book an exhibit, please contact Jeannette Rooney at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-8913.