Former resident shares her precious Easter memories


Former resident DeLois Brown Kirkland Jones shares a precious holiday memory of bygone Indianapolis.

“This is Easter Sunday about 1954. I am holding the Easter basket; my sister, Diana, is to my right.

The next photo was taken at apartment complex located at 538 W. New York Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

You could smell Dixie Peach or Hair Rep all over that building. Mom always made sure we had speaking parts that had to be memorized. Those were good days, as are these.

(Second photo) This is a photo Dad took. My profile photo of “the gang” was taken on the California Street side entrance. My brother is in the two-tone jacket to my right.

I’m in the front row with the scarf on my head. On the back row is my brother Samuel Brown, Jr, Jean Mann whose family were the resident managers and James Richardson, Jr. That’s Vivian Mann to my left on front toe. I’m thinking this was 1951 give or take a year. I know all are deceased...not sure about James.

His sister Mary Frances is the baby in the Easter picture.

My childhood church-lots of memories, lessons and history. It was the only church and location we attended. I was there for the very last and emotional service. I can remember when the canal and church were separated by five houses.” (Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church)

The last photo is the camera owned by her beloved late father.


📸 DeLois Brown Kirkland Jones

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