Southside: Preserving a Legacy

To honor a neighborhood ancestor and beloved community organizer, Southside Neighborhood Association purchased benches to place in an empty space at the entrance of the neighborhood. Brother Ray was a central leader and historic member of Southside who had a gift for building deep relationships with his neighbors.

Thirteen volunteers donated 31 hours of their time to organize this memorial that will serve over 300 individuals. These benches provide a space for continued neighborhood building across racial and economic differences, a place where people from all walks of life can sit down together and a pathway for Brother Ray’s legacy to continue.

This project was funded during FY 2021.

Benches dedicated to Brother Ray at the front of the Southside Community
Assistant Vice President, Mayme Webb-Bledsoe, working on a house clean up with Brother Ray