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Virtual Tour | Bronzeville: Origins of Black Activism in Chicago

Saturday, October 24

The Great Migration made its biggest impact on Chicago in Bronzeville, which was the city’s center of African American culture from the 1920s through the 1950s. Forced to live within tight boundaries due to unfair regulations, a diverse mix of more than 300,000 residents at its height with laborers, businessmen, domestic workers, and artists all living together produced music and art and were busy in activism and industry on the South Side.

Join Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus at Roosevelt University, to explore early Bronzeville places and spaces of political and civic activism that had a national impact, including The Chicago Defender Building, The Wabash YMCA, the home of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

$5; Free for members

Tour runs about 1 hour; Zoom link provided after registration

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The Supreme Life Insurance building, 1943. CHM, ICHi-040125; Kaufmann & Fabry Co., photographer
Advertisement for Binga State Bank, February 1927. CHM, ICHi-040054
Exterior of the Overton Building, c. 1925. CHM, ICHi-028586; Woodard, photographer

The Details



24 th

1:00 p.m.



$ 5

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories