Since “A Shame Before God” was published, several residents in the Wedgewood, Rolling Hills and Olive Heights neighborhood have shared stories about growing up there. Wanda Shakir said that the majority of the families who moved into Wedgewood in 1962 – 1969 were veterans from World War I, World War II and the Korean War. She said, “Some were relocated when the extension of the I-10 was built through the black community along Haynes Street to downtown Pensacola. Most of the families were employed at NAS, Armstrong, St. Regis and Monsanto or were Escambia County School teachers.”
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the residents of the Wedgewood Community and surrounding communities will have a planning meeting in the Marie Young Community Center to discuss their next action concerning the toxic dumps that surround their neighborhoods.