CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to visit Chicago to discuss the designation of the Pullman Historic District as a national monument.

The White House says Obama will be in his hometown on Thursday. He’s expected to deliver remarks in the afternoon at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy.

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The Pullman neighborhood on the city’s South Side was built by industrialist George Pullman in the 19th century for workers at a factory to build luxurious railroad sleeping cars. The neighborhood was crucial in the African-American labor movement.

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Designating part of the neighborhood a national monument makes it part of the National Park System.

The president’s visit falls days before the municipal election, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces re-election. Emanuel is a former White House chief of staff.

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