History of the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhoods: Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross

By Lydia Scales

The Rogers-Washington-Holy Cross Neighborhood Association was formed out of the efforts of neighborhood women from Maple Avenue. These women collected donations house to house from their neighbors to assist other members of the neighborhood when illnesses, deaths or other such incidents occurred. In the summer of 1974, the increasing contact among area residents lead Mrs. Willie Mae Kirk to invite her neighbors along Givens and Maple Avenues to her home and organize the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association. The group noted that their homes were in the Rogers and Washington subdivisions and thus renamed the organization to be the Rogers-Washington- Holy Cross Neighborhood Association. The group extended membership to neighbors along Weber and Chestnut Streets and the boundaries were eventually set at MLK on the south, Chestnut Avenue on the west, East 21st Street on the north, and Cedar Avenue on the east.

Over time the group expanded its activities and established standing committees on traffic, safety, housing, drainage, zoning, health, street lighting, public relations, and social and community welfare. The chairs of these committees serve as the eyes and ears of the organization and report as issues arise. Ad Hoc committees are named as needed. Occasionally the group invites state, city officials and political candidates to speak. The association holds an annual picnic and still organizes activities in response to community events such as deaths, illnesses, births, weddings and graduations.

Over the years the association has addressed many issues and has achieved a number of accomplishments. These include improved street lighting, the covering of a deep ravine running north/south through the neighborhood, input into the location of Christopher House and influencing the selling of the closed Holy Cross Hospital for educational purposes – the site now accommodates L.L. Campbell Elementary School.

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