Laurel Clayton East Side West Side Homecoming Community Picnic

Saturday, August 3, 2019
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Freshmen Field
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Thomas Doughton

The Laurel Clayton East Side West Side Homecoming is a series of events and activities for the first weekend in August 2019, gathering together local people of color, current and past residents of the city’s African American neighborhoods, to remember and celebrate Worcester’s once dynamic black community. There were once several black ‘enclaves’ or African American residential areas in Worcester: the oldest at the end of Summer Street and Washington Square and adjoining East Worcester Street; another in the Exchange Street area in the 1840s; the third in the North Ashland Street area; a fourth “cluster” between Mason Street and Beaver Brook on the West Side of Worcester; and, between 1920 and its destruction in the 1950s and 1960s as part of urban renewal projects, the East Side or the Laurel Clayton neighborhood.


Dinner Dance: Friday, August 2, 2019, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

Ballroom, Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Tickets: $40

Community Picnic: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m.-6 p.m.

Freshmen Field, College of the Holy Cross

[In case of inclement weather, Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, Illinois St.]

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