SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Welcome to this week’s Throwback Thursday. Today we have some photos to share from the small businesses that were part of Syracuse’s 15th Ward.

The 15th Ward was a section of Syracuse that sat between downtown Syracuse and the University Hill area. Much of the largely African-American neighborhood was destroyed to make way for the construction of Interstate 81. Here are some photos shared by the Onondaga Historical Association.

If you want to learn more about the 15th Ward, and see it in the context of the proposed community grid plan for replacing the elevated portion of I-81 through downtown Syracuse, please watch our Hidden History special from January 2019.

If you have any suggestions for possible future TBT topics. let us know by emailing and we’ll pass it along to OHA.