Flanner House (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Active 1936
Active 1992

History notes:

Flanner House, a social service center for the Indianapolis, Indiana African-American community, promotes the social, moral, and physical welfare of African-Americans, particularly youth. It was established in 1903 by Frank Flanner, a local mortician, under the name of Flanner Guild and was the first settlement house for African-Americans in the city. Programs and activities have included a day nursery, training for men and women, self-help projects such as housing construction, and public health programs including preventive medicine. Its current mission offers area residents a variety of direct and decentralized social services, child care, youth and senior citizen programs, and cultural and recreational activities.

From the description of Records, 1936-1992. (Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis). WorldCat record id: 279305215

Founded in Indianapolis in 1898, Flanner House was a settlement house for aiding black rural immigrants adjust to northern urban life, and was the first agency in the city devoted to the social service needs of the black community. Based on a self-help philosophy, Flanner House provided social, vocational, health, and housing services. It is still active, having led the way for the establishment of other human service agencies.

From the description of Records, 1946-1954. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 28591500


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  • Self-help housing
  • African Americans
  • Church work with the poor
  • Social settlements
  • African Americans--Housing
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  • African Americans--Social conditions--To 1964
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  • Slums
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  • Indianapolis, IN, US