Article about Homewood Neighborhood
September 22, 1997 Page B2 of the Minneapolis Star Tribune
by Allie Shah; Staff Writer
Hovering over a map of the Homewood neighborhood, a group of former and
current residents gathered Sunday at Farwell Park in north Minneapolis
and swapped stories.
The older generation met the new - young couples, children and
others - renewing old ties and forging new ones.
Long ago, Homewood was a gated community that didn't welcome blacks
or Jews. Stone pillars were erected on street corners to mark the
Today, Homewood is an integrated community, with only the pillars
left as a reminder of its exclusive past.
On Sunday, the meaning of the pillars changed, as neighborhood and
city leaders topped two pillars on Sheridan Avenue N. and Plymouth
Avenue N. with concrete blocks. The additions were made to show that
the pillars ``were once a symbol of exclusion and now they're symbols
of inclusion,'' said Debra Stone, 45, who recently moved back to the
Knowing the history behind his neighborhood used to be a bit painful
for Carlos Tennin, a senior at North Community High School, who is
``It had made me feel uncomfortable at first, but then I got to
thinking it's changing. Times change, and things change.''
This was the second annual get-together of old and new Homewood
residents. For Frank and Freda Schochet, who raised three children
there, north Minneapolis will always have a place in their hearts.
Frank Schochet graduated from North High and later watched as many of
his old teachers taught his children. And his Boy Scout leader
eventually led Schochet's son.
``Talk about community and continuity,'' Freda Schochet said. The
couple now lives in Golden Valley and came back for the reunion.
People with Homewood roots don't easily forget them, said City
Council President Jackie Cherryhomes, who recently moved to the area.
``Once you live here, you sort of don't leave,'' she said. ``There's
a real connectedness here - more so than anywhere else I've seen in
The article is accompanied by a photo of the Klezmer band with two
young children of different races dancing in the foreground.
The caption is:
The Sim Shalom Klezmer Band performed Sunday as former and current
Homewood neighborhood residents had their second get-together in
Minneapolis. The community once shunned Jews and Blacks, but now is
A clarification from the readers representative stated on 9/23:
- An article on Page B2 Monday said the Homewood area of north
Minneapolis at one time did not welcome Jews. To clarify, when the land
was platted in 1908 there was a covenant against selling to Jews, but
by the mid-1920s Jewish families lived there.