CHICAGO (CBS) — Activists hoping to erect a monument to civil rights pioneer and suffragette Ida B. Wells have raised more than $2,400 through a crowdfuding effort, hoping to build a statue at the former public housing site that once bore her name.
The statue would be built in the Bronzeville neighborhood, where the Ida B. Wells Homes stood for more than 60 years, before the Chicago Housing Authority began tearing down the high-rise complex in 2002.
Sculptor Richard Hunt, who would create the monument, discussed his ideas for the project in a video posted on YouTube.
“I call this Ida’s sampler, right?” he said. “You’ll have a thing with different materials, and finishes.”