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Monument to the Great Northern Migration | Chicago, IL

great-northern-migration-monument-chicago.jpgLocated just past the entrance of the “Gateway to Bronzeville, on the circular median on King Drive and 26th Place, ” the fifteen foot tall statue named “The Monument to the Great Northern Migration” represents the 6,000,000 African American men, women and children that migrated to the south side of Chicago in the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s.

The traveler’s hand is raised in salutation to his new home. In his other hand he carries a worn suitcase symbolic of his journey, dreams and talents.  His clothes covered with patches depicting the worn shoe soles of African Americans that migrated from southern states in search of a “Promised Land” of Chicago. The bollards surrounding the monument are also suitcases that are textured with a pattern derived from the tin ceilings of the era. The figure is oriented to the north, symbolizing the traveler’s destination.


The Monument to the Great Northern Migration
26th Street King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Official Website: N/A
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Photo: Samuel Barnett, © All Rights Reserved


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