213. Women of the Neighborhood

The Role of Women in the Neighborhood


Women in the Carver neighborhood in Kokomo have had many roles and identities: mothers, daughters, educators, church leaders, military, cleaners, athletes, health care professionals, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists. Women have done the work of community building. Since the late 19th century to today, they have been members of the Women’s Improvement Club, the Progressive Club, Temperance Group, NAACP, AKA Sorority, and Interracial Friendship Club.


In the words of Ruth Temoney, coordinator for the Black Women in the Middle West project, the “Black women of Howard County are determined, courageous, and willing to step out on faith, making contributions in diverse and extraordinary ways.” 


Ruth Temoney Collection at Indiana Historical Society


Black Women in the Middle West Collection at Indiana Historical Society

Below, Ruth Temoney commenting on the legacy of the Black Women in the Middle West project.