- This article is about the Birmingham neighborhood. For the geological feature, see Enon Ridge (geology).
|Meeting site||New Salem Baptist Church, (map)|
|Meeting day||4th Tuesday|
|Neighborhood map||Enon Ridge|
Enon Ridge is a neighborhood in the Smithfield community, on approximately 180 acres immediately northwest of "Malfunction Junction" and south of Village Creek and east of 1st Street North. The neighborhood includes the geographical "Enon Ridge" which divides central Jones Valley on the south from Opossum Valley on the north.
The Dorothy Spears Greenway, running along a former railroad bed parallel to Bankhead Highway, forms the southwestern edge of the neighborhood. It and the Enon Ridge Trail were among the first segments of the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System's Village Creek Blueway to be developed. The trails also connect to the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail.
Originally inhabited by black laborers, it became one of the prime residential neighborhoods for African-American professionals in the first half of the 20th century. Notable residents of Enon Ridge have included bandleader Erskine Hawkins, social worker and educator Carrie Tuggle, Birmingham World editor Emory Jackson, and undertaker C. M. Harris. The home for orphans which Tuggle founded in 1903 became Tuggle Institute, now an elementary school in the Birmingham City Schools system. Enon Ridge is also the former home of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church (now Old Sardis Baptist Church), and to the historic Enon Ridge Cemetery and Knesseth-Israel Cemetery.
The Enon Ridge Neighborhood Association meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at New Salem Baptist Church on 6th Street North. Neighborhood president Adrienne Reynolds also heads the Enon Ridge Community Development Corporation which has undertaken projects to improve neighborhood green spaces.