Save Bronzeville's Last Phillis Wheatley Home!

Save Bronzeville's Last Phillis Wheatley Home!

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Joi' Weathers started this petition to Bronzeville Residents and

On March 16, 2021, 5128 S. Michigan is scheduled to go before the Demolition Court to determine next steps within the demolition process. To those unaware this building is the last standing location of the Chicago 'Phillis Wheatley House- a subsidiary of the NACWC (National Association of Colored Women Clubs).

The organization was formed in direct response to James Jacks, then president of the Missouri Press Association President challenged the respectability of Black Women saying, "The Negroes in this country are wholly devoid of morality... The women are prostitutes and all are natural liars and thieves….Out of 200 in this vicinity it is doubtful if there are a dozen virtuous women of that number who are not daily thieving from the white people.”

Historically, the Phillis Wheatley chapters served as bulwarks for Black women nationwide who needed resources and support. Simply put: with its historical significance this home deserves landmark status and should NOT be on the verge of being bulldozed.

Allowing this building to be destroyed will only further serve to prohibit educating future generations as to the efforts made by their ancestors, it denies the public access to see contributions from different communities within the city, it gives further support to the claim of the erasure of Black History, and destroys irreplaceable architecture- solely unique to the Chicago landscape.

The goal is not only to prevent this from occurring but to reestablish the home as a center for Black solidarity with a new mission focused on Black Health through healthy eating. 

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