Rosedale is one of the most fascinating historic communities in Jefferson County. Settled in the late 19th century on a rugged hillside in the shadow of Red Mountain, it was named for the rose bushes that were planted along its paths. Pioneering African Americans cleared the land, creating a community that once included what is now downtown Homewood. Businesses thrived there, serving the community’s every need. • Following the desegregation of Homewood schools and parks, Rosedale lost the schools, parks and swimming facility that had been the centers of community life. In 1970, Rosedale was divided by the completion of Red Mountain Expressway and further altered by the construction of Woodcrest Place. These losses led to further decline. Many homes were left vacant, creating blight in parts of the community. • Now, a number of efforts are under way to restore Rosedale’s vitality. Like a rose that has been neglected and covered in vines, Rosedale, if properly nurtured, can bloom again.
Citizen involvement. Get involved by attending city council and civic league meetings and by participating in neighborhood projects. When you get involved, you help build a stronger, more vibrant community.
To learn more about how you can help Rosedale, please call the Rosedale Community Development Corporation at (205)870-3550 or Simon Cyrene Foundation at (205)458-8043.