The North End Elder Program is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from noon until 1:30pm. This week’s program included lunch and a presentation entitled Digging the Company Line - Archaeology of a Black Neighborhood in Mansfield, Ohio by Andrew R. Sewell, Principal Investigator. This work provides a unique opportunity for Mansfield and African American history since this type of archaeology on a twentieth century site is extremely unusual.
The room was filled with over fifty regulars who were excited to see friends and enjoy a great lunch. Mr. Sewell gave a very interesting talk accompanied with a powerpoint presentation. Early records indicate that the area was known as Hoffers Edition in the 1800s. The nickname “Company Line” was adopted when the steel mill built homes on Wise Avenue for their employees. The Company Line Neighborhood was one of the first African American neighborhoods in Mansfield.The area continued to thrive until the 1970s peaking in the1950s with 55 homes. Mr Sewell shared artifacts uncovered by an archeological dig recently conducted at the site.
The North End Elder Program is held twice a month at the United Steelworkers Local 169 at 376 West Longview Avenue. Call Kay Smith (419) 522-1611 x 113 for more information or to reserve a spot.