The Norwayne neighborhood has had a rich history in the Wayne-Westland area since World War II. Last month they were recognized as a National Historic District.
There was a celebration at Jefferson-Barns Elementary School, which is located in the heart of the Norwayne neighborhood. The school has been closed since 2008 but the City of Westland has leased the building from Wayne-Westland Community Schools. They will renovate it and use it as a community center.
City and state officials, city council, school district administration and board members for the unveiling of the marker, joined Westland Mayor Bill Wild. Former and current residents of the Norwayne neighborhood joined in the festivities.
“The City of Westland is having a renaissance and Norwayne is a big part of it,” Wild said.
Wayne Memorial High School Alumni and Champions of Wayne supporter Jeff Styers lived in Norwayne as a child.
“I spent a lot of Christmases and Fourth of Julys right here in Norwayne,” he said.
Styers donated money to the community center to establish the Norwayne Boxing Club.