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Bronzeville by address : 44th Pl. through 61st St., Image 29

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Bronzeville is an historically significant area of the city of Chicago. Geographically, the Second and Third Wards were bounded by 22nd Street on the north and 51st Street on the south and Cottage Grove on the east and the Rock Island Railroad on the west. Many citizens of color resented having their neighborhoods referred to as the ""Black Belt"" or ""Black Ghetto"" by the major media. The Chicago Bee, suggested that they use his coined word Bronzeville to identify the community, since it more accurately described the skin tone of most of its inhabitants. The James S. Parker Collection contains a remarkable collection of structures that were demolished in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Addresses covered: Berkeley Ave. (4334); Bowen Ave., East (435, 606, 618, 620, 661-63, 700, 731, 745); Calumet Ave. (2427, 3253. 3312, 4120, 4143, 4156, 4330-32); Champlain Ave. (4530, 4542)

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