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Virtual Tour | Bronzeville: The First Black Business Corridor

Tuesday, August 25

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.

Log on and “Zoom” down Michigan Avenue, State Street, and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (formerly Grand Boulevard, then South Park Way) with Dr. Christopher Reed, professor emeritus at Roosevelt University. Hear about some of Chicago’s first African American businesses, such as Supreme Life Insurance, Binga Bank, and Overton Hygienic Company, and discover their significance and the lasting impact they had on both Bronzeville and the expansion of Black Chicago.

$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



25 th

4:00 p.m.



$ 5

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories