Historic Bronzeville

Collection by Bronzeville Tourism

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The vast and deep history of the black metropolis all in one spot.

Richard Wright (author) – "Fear" an excerpt from Native Son Books To Read, My Books, African American Literature, Native Son, Richard Wright, Book Writer, Black Books, Great Books, Nativity

Native Son is a novel written by Richard Wright. The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty in Chicago's South Side in the 1930s. The novel's treatment of Bigger & his motivations conforms to the conventions of literary naturalism. Very racially charged political novel. Richard Wright lived in Chicago for almost ten years during the mid 1920's to the 1930's leaving in 1937 to move to NYC.

CultureSOUL: Vintage African American Couples High School football game (photo by Wayne Miller) - 1946 Couple at a Dance (photo by Diane Arbus) - 1960 Muddy Waters & wife. My Black Is Beautiful, Black Love, Black Art, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos, Wayne Miller, Couple Noir, Black Couples, African Diaspora

...like a girl

Watching Dunbar vs. Phillips High School Football Game, from Bronzeville: 1946-1948 (Wayne Miller)

Day Bronzeville Showgirls These gals are getting ready to break some hearts on the southside of Chicago - Bronzeville! Where the jazz was hot, the ladies were hotter and South was forgotten, sorta kinda. This picture is by Wayne F.

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Backstage at the Rum Boogie Cabaret in Bronzeville, 1945, Chicago. Wayne Miller

By Bill Walker, Mitchell Caton, and Santi Isrowuthakul Location: Interesction of Street and Calumet Ave. on Street Blues District, Bronzeville neighborhood. Chicago Murals, Mural Art, Art History, The Neighbourhood, Drawings, Illinois, Masters, Day, Blues

Mural "The Wall of Day Dreaming and Man's Inhumanity to Man"

By Bill Walker, Mitchell Caton, and Santi Isrowuthakul (1974) Location: Interesction of 47th Street and Calumet Ave. on 47th Street Blues District, Bronzeville neighborhood.

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Savoy Ballroom, Harlem built in late and popular stage for artists such as Ella Fitzgerald