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Black History Month

Family Event | Black History Month

Saturday, February 25

Did you know the origins of Black History Month can be traced to Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood? In 1915, historian and author, Carter G. Goodson visited Chicago for the National Half Century Exposition and Lincoln Jubilee—a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. During the event, Carter joined in discussions with prominent scholars and advocates at the only African American‒serving YMCA in Chicago on Wabash Avenue to develop the framework for an annual event to honor the achievements of key historical figures. Today, we call this commemoration Black History Month!

Bring your family to the Chicago History Museum for a dive into the Chicago connection to the origins of Black History Month! Connect with Bronzeville community advocacy organizations, get an up-close look at Bronzeville materials from CHM’s collections, and participate in a meet and greet with a reenactor of journalist and activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett!

Included with general admission.

To learn more about Chicago’s early Black populations visit:


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National Half Century Anniversary Exposition and The Lincoln Jubilee at the Coliseum. CHM ICHi-063811; John H. Ballard, photographer
Group portrait of the Lincoln Jubilee Choir, Chorus of 650 Voices, outside the Coliseum during the National Half Century Anniversary Exposition and The Lincoln Jubilee: 50th Anniversary Celebration. CHM, ICHi-174451; John H. Ballard, photographer
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Wabash Avenue Building with addition in the Douglas community area of Chicago, c. 1940. CHM, ICHi-174453

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10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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