WSYR-TV9 Takes a Look Back with “Hidden History: The end of Syracuse’s 15th Ward”


Kudos to WSYR-TV9’s Jennifer Sanders for producing a program that provides a glimpse into the city of Syracuse’s African-American History. Interviews with people from the Syracuse African- American Community, many will recognize. This is an important piece of work fit into a short period of time, 22 minutes in a televised format. Ms. Sanders does an excellent job in giving viewers an essence of what was lost when a neighborhood, a community an urban eco-system, was destroyed to make way for urban renewal and the construction of Interstate 81. To view the Full Special click on the following link: Hidden History: The end of Syracuse’s 15th Ward

In this special edition of Hidden History, NewsChannel 9’s Jennifer Sanders takes a journey back to the 15th Ward, an area just east and south of Downtown Syracuse.

  • During the 1950’s, the 15th Ward was the heart of the African-American community.
  • After urban renewal and the construction of 81, the small neighborhood was decimated.
  • The 15th Ward is now home to Interstate 81 and Upstate Medical University.
  • This documentary explores the emotional stories of the families who were affected by the decimation of the 15th Ward.