REMEMBERING OUR PAST

In the late 1800s, a small but cohesive community formed a unique and predominately African-American neighborhood surrounding the main thoroughfare of Rondo Street. The community thrived until it was destroyed by the construction of Interstate 94. RAI was created to celebrate the legacy of Rondo.

HONORING OUR PRESENT

For the past 30+ years, over the third weekend in July, Rondo Avenue, Inc. has sponsored the Rondo Days Festival allowing over 30,000 past and present residents, to resurrect the memory of the old Rondo neighborhood, and to preserve this rich heritage and culture for future generations.

SOARING INTO THE FUTURE

To capture the memory of the Rondo neighborhood, RAI is designing and constructing The Rondo Commemorative Plaza (RCP). The plaza is envisioned as a space for education, contemplation, inspiration, and community building. Visitors will explore some of the major events of the Rondo neighborhood.

MY RONDO

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FloydGeorgeSmaller

Floyd George Smaller

Rondo had strong Black individuals in the community that held the people together.

Jr. Co-Founder
MrAnderson

Marvin Roger Anderson

Growing up in the Rondo neighborhood, probably is as strong to me as going away to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Both of them provided me with the best education that a person could get.

Co-Founder

Richard Morris Man

Rondo was a gathering place and the people were just like a large family.

MaryKMBoyd

Mary Kalleen Murray Boyd

In Rondo, there was education everywhere, all around me.

David Vassar Taylor

The schools, community center, religious institutions, businesses, church school, youth, what have you, playgrounds, all that we ever needed, including a Dairy Queen, was within walking distances