CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side beach that was once the site of an infamous race riot will soon be named after Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who founded the DuSable Museum of African American History.
The Chicago Park District Board was set to vote on a proposal to rename 31st Street Beach as “Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs Beach & Park” during its next meeting on Wednesday, and unanimous approval was expected.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Second Sunday Night Tornado Confirmed; Cool And Clear Monday Night
Chicago Park District Supt. Michael Kelly announced the plan to rename the park on Tuesday, alongside Congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis.
The beach is where the 1919 Chicago Race Riot started, after a mob of white people threw stones at a black teenager who wandered across an unofficial imaginary boundary separating blacks from whites.
“This is an historical site. This was the beach for black people, 31st Street. Now, as we look out today, which is wonderful, it is an integrated beach, and that’s what Dr. Burroughs worked for. She worked to bring us together as one humankind,” said Burroughs’ friend, Peggy Montes, founder of the Bronzeville Children’s Museum.