2023 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Cultural Heritage Preservation
Bronzeville Legends is a curated multi-site placemaking campaign that uses large murals of the South Side community’s past residents to celebrate Bronzeville’s rich heritage. Artist and Urban Planner Chris Devins began the initiative by raising funds through crowdsourcing in 2013. The project also received funds from 3rd Ward Ald. Pat Dowell’s office, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and the Chicago Neighborhood Initiative. Devins has completed seven mural projects that include jazz legend Louis Armstrong at 3955 S. King Dr. and playwright Lorraine Hansberry at E. 51st Street and Calument Avenue. A mural along a 260-foot-long fence at the Bronzeville Mariano’s grocery store also features famous past residents like journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells and aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to receive a pilot license.
(Photo credit: Chris Devins)