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Chicago City Council Renames Street After Civil Rights Icon

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, was published by Ida. B. Wells-Barnett in 1892.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s City Council has approved renaming a street after suffragette and civil rights icon Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

The council on Wednesday renamed Congress Parkway to Ida B. Wells Drive. It’s the first downtown street named for a woman of color.

Wells-Barnett, who died at age 69 in 1931, crusaded against the lynching of black men, pushed for women’s right to vote and started organizations designed to help African-Americans gain economic and political power.

Interest in Wells-Barnett’s accomplishments has increased in recent years.

Backers of a Chicago monument honoring Wells-Barnett recently announced enough money has been raised and pledged to build the structure.

The granite and bronze monument will be designed by sculptor Richard Hunt. Wells-Barnett’s great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster, says the goal is to have the monument installed next year.

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