Douglass Park

Title

Douglass Park

Subject

(Stephen) Douglas Park, South Park
1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Description

A 218-acre park featuring ponds, gardens, athletic facilities, a pool and an historic fieldhouse. Recently renamed in honor of abolitionist Frederick Douglass by Parks Commissioners in response to local student activism decrying its previous naming for Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who famously advocated for the de facto pro-slavery "popular sovereignty" position.

Site of the 1989 KRS One Stop The Violence concert where Eric Williams first peddled his wares.

Source

Williams, Eric, and Howard Bailey. “Creating Black Social Spaces through Black Entrepreneurship: From Lit X to Square One to the Silver Room.” Panel presented at the Honey Pot Performance and The Chicago Black Social Culture Map present Black Migrations: House, Hip Hop & Acid Jazz in 90s Wicker Park, The Silver Room, June 1, 2019. https://youtu.be/XeWaW0lFMNg; Graf, John, Chicago's Parks. Arcadia Publishing, 2000, p. 11; “Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress - Retro Member Details.” Accessed September 25, 2020. https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=D000457.

Contributor

Logan Phillips

Location

Public Spaces

Files

Douglass Park_CBSCM.jpg

Citation

“Douglass Park,” Chicago Black Social Culture Map, accessed May 19, 2024, https://cbscmap.omeka.net/items/show/280.

Output Formats

Geolocation