Category: History

Don’t Call It A Re-Enactment — On May 12 Maywood Was A Stage For Living History

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 || By Elizabeth Abunaw || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Living historians dramatize Civil War history on the corner of First and Lake in Maywood on May 12. | Courtesy Laura Rogers 

Replica flags? Check. Period pieces like guns dating to the mid-19th Century? Check. Actors dressed in historical clothing? Check. Abraham Lincoln? Check.

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A Conversation With Lonnie Bunch, Keeper And Defender Of History

Monday, May 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Lonnie Bunch during the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16, 2016. |  Pool/Getty Images North America 

Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., was in River Forest last week to speak at Dominican University’s commencement.

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Civil War Living History To Play Out In Maywood Again On May 12

Sunday, May 6, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Re-enactors during last year’s Civil War Living History event in Maywood. | File  

Historians and actors will converge on Maywood next weekend for the fourth annual Civil War Living History.

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50 Years After The April 4, 1968 Riots, Chicago’s Oldest Pharmacy Still Stands

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Edwin Muldrow stands outside of Del-Kar Pharmacy in Chicago, one of the few businesses to survive the 1968 riots that followed King’s death. | Alexa Rogals 

Edwin Muldrow, the owner of Del-Kar Pharmacy in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, can tell you what the area was like more than 50 years ago, when black-owned retailers, restaurants, barbershops, beauty salons, night clubs and laundromats contributed to a living, relatively self-sustaining local ecosystem.

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Emmett Till Was Louis Till’s Son (Part I)

Thursday, February 1, 2018 || By Michael Romain || OPINION || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Louis Till, the father of Emmett Louis Till. | Alchetron 

I thought I would commemorate Black History Month by writing about black historical figures as if they were once actually living, breathing human beings who were not destined for one-dimensionality, who lived in worlds that did not consider them great, or iconic — their lives no more the object of classroom lessons (often badly taught) than a wooden desk is an object of hunger.

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On Dec. 4, the World Remembers Fred, Maywood’s Native Son

Monday, December 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A mural of Fred Hampton on Chicago’s West Side. | sarah-ji/Flickr 

Forty-eight years ago today, Fred Hampton, perhaps Maywood’s most famous native, was killed while sleeping in his bed inside of his Chicago apartment. On the night of Dec. 4, 1969, Hampton followed Civil Rights icons like Martin Luther King, Jr. (killed the previous year) into martyrdom.

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Maywood Native Son Focus of Black Panther Retrospective

Friday, November 3, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

A photo of Bill Hampton, a Maywood park district commissioner and brother of Fred Hampton, during a 1974 press conference. The photo, published in the Chicago Reader, is on display in the Movement & Justice Gallery’s “Black Panther Party 50 Year Retrospective.” 

Fred Hampton’s brief, wondrous life as the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party is the subject of a Chicago gallery’s Black Panther retrospective.

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