Woodlawn group fights for historical district status

Community advocates want the neighborhood recognized for its rich history.

Community advocates want the neighborhood recognized for its rich history. (2/16/15)

THE BRONX - One Bronx neighborhood has made the Historic District Council's "Six to Celebrate" list. 

Woodlawn, which sits in the north central part of the borough, is full of history that many don't know about. It's an old neighborhood that started as a community as a direct result of Woodlawn Cemetery. 

The group Women of Woodlawn is behind getting Woodlawn chosen for the "Six to Celebrate" program as it strives toward getting the neighborhood recognized for its rich history. 

Each year, the Historical District Council considers six groups to receive hands-on help over the course of a year in their efforts to become recognized as a historical district. The program also assists in raising money for community-driven projects.

Since its inception in 2011, "Six to Celebrate" has raised $40,000 for neighborhood efforts and helped place many on the National Register of Historic Places.

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