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Displayed at the shuttered Anthony Overton Elementary School in Chicago’s South Side Bronzeville neighborhood, the exhibition highlighted the trials and tribulations, as well as the triumphs of African Americans over the last century as they moved from the South to Chicago and then shaped this city.

Chronicled through an abundance of images and texts, the installation presents the critical role African Americans have played in the development of Chicago as a city and the U.S. as a country, as well as their continued struggle for racial equality. “The Journey” is part of a larger project spearheaded by Creative Grounds to bring awareness and discuss social issues through the activation of shuttered Chicago Public Schools.