Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area

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The City of Chicago's Black Metropolis is a historic site of African American achievement in arts and culture, business and entrepreneurship, politics, sports, and recreation. The area stretches from the city's South Loop to Woodlawn (18th Street to the north, 71st street to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, and Canal Street to the west). The assemblage of natural, historic, educational, and recreational resources forms a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape that is worth preserving. The area also serves as memorial to the Great Migration of 1910-70, a demographic movement in which approximately 600,000 African Americans migrated north in search of employment and improved life opportunities.

The Bronzeville Community Development Partnership, along with numerous community partners, decided to preserve its unique landscape and assets through a National Heritage Area (NHA) designation application. CMAP's role in this process is to craft the management plan for the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area.

The City of Chicago's Black Metropolis is a historic site of African American achievement in arts and culture, business and entrepreneurship, politics, sports, and recreation. The area stretches from the city's South Loop to Woodlawn (18th Street to the north, 71st street to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, and Canal Street to the west). The assemblage of natural, historic, educational, and recreational resources forms a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape that is worth preserving. The area also serves as memorial to the Great Migration of 1910-70, a demographic movement in which approximately 600,000 African Americans migrated north in search of employment and improved life opportunities.

The Bronzeville Community Development Partnership, along with numerous community partners, decided to preserve its unique landscape and assets through a National Heritage Area (NHA) designation application. CMAP's role in this process is to craft the management plan for the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area.

  • Camp Douglas Civil War Pop-Up Exhibit

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    Did you know that Bronzeville has a civil war history?

    Learn more at an upcoming opening reception for a pop-up exhibit hosted by The Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation at Illinois Tech on June 8th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The CMAP team and partner The Bronzeville Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission will be on hand to engage attendees to promote awareness of the NHA planning process and learn more about the cultural tourism habits and preferences of residents and visitors. The event will take place at 10 W. 35th Street in Chicago.


  • Raven Theatre - Prodigal Daughter Fundraiser Event 6/2/24

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    Join the Bronzeville Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission at the Raven Theatre for this benefit performance of the play The Prodigal Daughter, the final installment of The Grand Boulevard Trilogy written by Joshua Allen on Sunday June 2nd at 3:00 pm. The CMAP team will be in the lobby to talk more about the plans for the National Heritage Area to promote cultural tourism and economic development. Be sure to use the promo code HISTORY for a special rate, tickets available at this link or scan the code in the flyer.


    More about the play from the Raven web site: In the Red Summer of 1919, Chicago’s Black Belt is boiling over, from both the ruthless heat and the intensifying racial conflict gripping America. Virginia Bass, a successful saleswoman, is traveling with her business partner when they decide to pay her hometown and her family a visit. However, Virginia finds the welcome not nearly as warm as the weather outside, especially from her estranged father, leaving her wondering if it’s ever possible to truly come home. Unresolved feelings, deep-seated tension, and a deadly urban clash set the scene for the third and final installment of The Grand Boulevard Trilogy.

  • Bronzeville the Musical

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    We are excited to see that Bronzeville the Musical is playing once again in Chicago at the Fine Arts Building. It's a short run, from April 5 - 14, so get your tickets right away and don't miss this wonderful show. The show is produced by Mahdi Theatre company visit their web site for a special promo code.

  • Bronzeville Designated State of IL Cultural District

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    The State of IL has created a cultural district program and designated ten areas in IL - including Bronzeville. Watch the coverage on WTTW TV.

  • Quinn Chapel in the News!

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    This recent story in Block Club Chicago about the history of Quinn Chapel and its role in the underground railroad.

  • Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area - Newsletter

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    Check out the latest edition of the BBM-NHA newsletter featuring the recent induction ceremony from the Chicago Black Arts Hall of Fame.



  • National Park Service Designates Emmett Till and Mamie Mobley-Till National Monument

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    Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, the location of Emmett Till's funeral was designated a National Monument to commemorate a series of tragic events that occurred in 1955. Mamie Mobley-Till insisted that the funeral of her son in Chicago be open-casket, bringing national attention to the brutality and injustice of Till's murder. Learn more at the National Park Service web site.

  • National Park Service Designates Black Metropolis National Heritage Area

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    In January 2023, after more than ten years of advocacy and study, the National Park Service formally desingated the Black Metroplis National Heritage Area. See the Block Club Chicago News story at this link.

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