By SAM RAPPAPORT
Chicago’s first non-native settler, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, will be the subject of a memorial ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Court, 401 North Michigan Avenue. The memorial is open to the public and is hosted by The DuSable Park Coalition.
Following the event, which celebrates the 197th anniversary of DuSable’s death, those in attendance are encouraged to walk over to 401 N. Lake Shore Drive for a DuSable Park site tour.
The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., is one of several organizations that make up the DuSable Park Coalition. The coalition is working to galvanize support for and encourage the Chicago Park District to move ahead with construction of DuSable Park.
DuSable Park is a 3.5-acre lot on the north side of the junction of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Mayor Harold Washington dedicated DuSable Park to the Haitian founding father of Chicago over twenty-seven years ago.
For more information on Wednesday’s event, contact Dr. Serge Pierre Louis at 312-420-0144.