Preserving history and cleaning up neighborhoods

ABILENE, TX (KTAB) - It is a neighborhood in North Abilene that has been known for crime and run down houses.

There's a non-profit in Abilene, though, that's been working 23 years to change that.

It's called I-CAN or Interested Citizens of Abilene North. The group has been working to preserve a historic part of the Carver neighborhood.

"The street that this home sits on had once declined and had become a deterrent in the community," stated Pastor Andrew L Penns.

It's the Curtis home, where volunteers and I-CAN have been working for almost two years to restore.

"The Curtis family was longtime funeral directors here in Abilene and served the community for well over 50 years," explained Pastor Penns.

They were a very prominent black family during their time.

This is the reason I-CAN chose to house the only black history museum in Abilene.

"We want to take pride and continue the history," Pastor Penns said, "and the legacy of the Curtis family."








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