The York City neighborhood isn't around anymore, but the memories are.

The York County Heritage Trust will present "Codorus Street Remembers" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. in the city.

The free event is in observance of Black History Month, held in February.

The event will feature four or five panelists who were former residents of Codorus Street, which is now the site of Martin Luther King Park, at Penn Street and College Avenue.

Panelists will discuss their experiences and the neighborhood's history, said Patrick Bochy, the trust's museum director. The moderator will be Peter Levy, a York College professor who chairs its department of history and political science.

The history: Codorus Street was a predominantly black neighborhood consisting mainly of people who migrated to York from Bamberg, S.C., during the 1920s, according to Bochy.

The neighborhood was torn down in 1961 as part of an eminent domain case, he said. Research is still being done to determine the details of that case, Bochy added.

"I hope that people will come out and learn the different aspects of York County history, and learn about York's black history," he said. "I hope they learn history from a different perspective, a history that is unique about a particular neighborhood that is no longer here in town."


Besides the "Codorus Street Remembers," the York County Heritage Trust will offer free Saturdays Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 at the Historical Society Museum and at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., in honor of Black History Month, Bochy said.

No admission will be charged on those Saturdays.

Also for February, educational organizations will be admitted free of charge at the Historical Society Museum during its regular hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The museum currently is showing the The Fiery Trial: York County's Civil War Experience and the Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit.

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