Ida B. Wells is a pivotal figure with a national legacy of social justice work. She inspired initiatives and cofounded organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Association of Colored Women. With her skills as a journalist and community activist, Wells challenged the inequitable power structures that excluded African Americans from full measures of justice, equality, and citizenship.
After relocating to Chicago from Memphis at age thirty-two, Wells continued to vigorously champion African Americans causes. Log on for a virtual trip around the city with guides Bernard Turner and Laurie Peterson to explore places that tell the stories of Wells’s activism. Stops include the Negro Fellowship League, which held a civic space, reading room, and settlement house for newly-arrived African American men who were denied rooms by the YMCA; the Alpha Suffrage Club, which successfully campaigned for the election of Oscar DePriest, Chicago’s first African American alderman; and Quinn Chapel AME Church, the headquarters of The Conservator newspaper owned by Wells’s husband, Ferdinand Barnett, and the Chicago Bee newspaper for which Ida B. Wells edited.
$5; Free for members
Tour runs about 1 hour; Zoom link provided after registration
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Author of several books about Chicago neighborhoods, including A View of Bronzeville (2002), Turner has been a gallery interpreter and tour guide at the Chicago History Museum for twenty years. As a longtime educator, he works with school groups to provide experiences in Chicago history and Black history and culture.
Laurie Peterson is a passionate historical sites interpreter with than twenty years’ experience. She enjoys teaching students of all ages about history in the nontraditional classrooms of the museum or historic site. Originally from Central Illinois, Peterson considers herself a proud Chicagoan and is enthusiastic about sharing her love of Chicago history with local and international guests.