For family of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, hopes that renewed interest translates into a monument
From her base on the South Side, Ida B. Wells-Barnett crusaded against the racist lynching of black men, pushed for women’s right to vote and started numerous organizations to help African-Americans gain economic and political power in Chicago and the country.
She’s known for having created the first kindergarten for black children and she worked tirelessly to get Chicago’s first black alderman elected.
But from the time the Ida B. Wells public housing complex was shut down and later demolished, there has been nothing large-scale in the city that recognizes and honors the contributions of the activist journalist.