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North Central College history professor co-authored column in Chicago Sun-Times

Feb 28, 2023

Ann Keating wrote column on history of Jane Addams Homes stating it's‘hallowed ground’ and worth remembering

Ann Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College, co-authored a column in the Chicago Sun-Times. The piece, published February 7, 2023, focused on its earliest days as a home for Black and white working class Chicagoans now serving as an inspiration for rebirth of the city for all its citizens.

Here is an excerpt from her column:

“The site of the latest phase of the Roosevelt Square redevelopment at 925 S. Ada Street was recently described as “hallowed ground” by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, referring to the parcel’s previous use as public housing. This part of the mixed-income development includes the renovation, as the National Public Housing Museum, of the only extant building of the original 32 that comprised the Jane Addams Homes.

In calling this site “hallowed ground,” Lightfoot spoke more truth than perhaps she realized. For over 180 years, the property has been in the service of the neighborhood, with a rich history that is worth remembering.”

Click here to read the full column in the Chicago Sun-Times.