“We Have Destroyed the Dinosaur”

On April 29, 1983, Harold Washington was inaugurated as the 51st Mayor of Chicago, becoming the first African American to hold the city’s highest office. In doing so, he unseated the incumbent Jane Byrne, who was the first woman to hold the office.

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Exhibition-GAC-Harold Washington-i035838 Harold Washington outside with campaign supporters, February 28, 1983. CHM, ICHi-035838
Exhibition-GAC-Harold Washington-side eye Mayoral candidates Harold Washington and Bernard Epton during a televised debate, March 21, 1983. ST-17500802-E1, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Harold Washington voting on election morning in Hyde Park Harold Washington voting on election morning in Hyde Park, April 12, 1983. CHM, ICHi-036028
Exhbition-GAC-Harold Washington-i178835 Harold Washington campaign button that reads "Unity. Let's start healing the city. April 29, 1983. CHM, ICHi-178835
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