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Madison’s Greenbush community was home to many of the city’s minorities and new immigrants during the late 19th century and the 20th century. Fondly known as the “Bush,” its boundaries were generally considered to extend from Proudfit Street to South Brooks Street, and from Regent Street to West Main Street. Immigrants reflecting more than twenty different nationalities lived in the Greenbush, including African Americans and Jews. In this special community, neighbors shared food, business, good times, and respect, learning to value each other’s traditions and values. The Greenbush was destroyed through two urban renewal projects in the early 1960s.

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