CHICAGO – Road signs have risen for the official unveiling of the Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The inauguration took place Thursday at Buckingham Fountain in honor of the city’s founder.
Ephraim Martin is an organizer of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition, which was instrumental in the name change.
“DuSable… how did I get involved with DuSable? I heard about DuSable for the first time [former mayor Harold] Washington.”
Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive is named after a Haitian immigrant, son of a French sailor and an African slave who married a Native American. Together, they headed for what would become Chicago, which was then just an onion field.
Although Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and several council members initially opposed the name change, a compromise kept Lake Shore Drive in the official name change.
Recent political history aside, Mayor Lightfoot said Thursday the city made the right decision honoring the man who opened a trading post near the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1780s. than others came before him, DuSable and his wife remained.
“It is a celebration of [DuSable’s] an indelible mark on our history, ”said Lightfoot. “We are proud to rename this iconic road in his honor. Importantly, this name change also recognizes and honors the contributions of our black residents. Too often our story has not been told in this great city.
The new road signs for DuSable Lake Shore Drive will stretch 18 miles from Hollywood Avenue to East 67th Street. The new signage costs approximately $ 500,000.
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