Once the only place African Americans could buy land, a local company used it as a dump for toxic waste.
The Lake” is remembered warmly by hundreds of African Americans
who grew up here. For a time, it was the only area where people of color could
buy land. It soon became the heart of African American life in South Bend
during the city’s booming industrial period.
Despite the many people who lived nearby, the Bendix company (and
others) used it as a dump for toxic chemicals. For years, residents fought to stop the practice. Though
changes have been made, the Environmental Protection Agency says the site is
still in need of cleanup.