SSP 2014 CHM 1919 riotSSP 2014 CHM aftermath

The 1919 riot created a bitter legacy.

After the riot, Chicago’s African American community flourished.

This exhibit spoke the most to me during our recent visit to the Chicago History Museum. Unfortunately, our tour guide was extremely uncomfortable talking about race and thus spent the least time with our group explaining the significance of the 1919 Race Riots in Chicago. As a woman of color accompanying a group of bright, young African American students, I felt cheated. The tour guide struggled to highlight how African Americans contributed to the growth and development of this city and thus failed to show these young people the beauty and resilience of their community. How typical… Thoughts?