Photo Series: The Bronzeville Collection Pt. 1
Bronzeville is a neighborhood located on Chicago's Southside and was once strongly named Black Metropolis. Bronzeville has been home to the likes of jazz and blues greats Louis Armstrong, and Nat "King" Cole, author Lorraine Hansberry, aviator Bessie Coleman, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Congressman William Dawson, local publishing magnate, the late John H. Johnson and has had associations with Andrew "Rube" Foster, founder of the Negro National Baseball League; civil rights activist, journalist and NAACP organizer Ida B. Wells; the first African-American woman pilot Bessie Coleman; and the first African American recipient of the Pulitzer.
That in itself should be all I need to say but after economic disinvestment and social change Black Metropolis turned a thriving black neighborhood into a neighborhood of abandoned houses and shut down businesses forcing many families to move further south. In the 1990's Bronzeville began its revitalization. Now it is home to many black owned business and working families. This photo collection is the first part of how I view Bronzeville in only a few short blocks. These photos don't are amazing but don't begin to fully tell Bronzeville's present story so stay tuned to the next editions of this collection. Writing this article will inspire the next set of pictures.