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  • ICAA Record ID
    1074915
    AUTHOR
    Comite Provisional Del Mejoramiento de Nuestra Comunidad/Provisional Committee to Better Our Community
    TITLE
    East Humboldt Park Community Unites to Save Building and Mural from City's Wrecking Crews / Comite Provisional Del Mejoramiento de Nuestra Comunidad/Provisional Committee to Better Our Community
    IMPRINT
    Chicago, IL : Comite Provisional del Mejoramiento De Nuestra Comunidad/Provisional Committee to Better Our Community, 1978 Mar. 29
    DESCRIPTION
    [6] leaves
    LANGUAGES
    English; Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Loose leaf – Press Release
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Comité Provisional Del Mejoramiento de Nuestra Comunidad/Provisional Committee to Better Our Community. "East Humboldt Park Community Unites to Save Building and Mural from City's Wrecking Crews," March 29, 1978. Press release. John Pitman Weber Papers, Julian Samora Library at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    East Humboldt Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This press release, issued by the Provisional Committee to Better our Community, announces a press conference on March 31, 1978, at which the East Humboldt Park Community would call for the city of Chicago to halt its plans to demolish a residential building at 1456 North Rockwell Avenue and, at the same time, its in situ mural, Breaking the Chains, (completed in 1971 by John Weber and team). The release announced that at the community press conference the community organization would demand that the city cease the process of “unnecessary demolition” of West Town, a Latino section of Chicago. The press release cites statistics indicating that from the 1970 census to 1978, the East Humboldt Park community saw a loss of 42.9 percent of its housing units, as well as a 40 percent decrease in population. The press release is pointing out that the destruction and abandonment of housing, the loss of residents, and the poor state of businesses in the neighborhood all of them indicate that the community is “in a state of crisis.”

Annotations

This press release, issued by the Provisional Committee to Better our Community, announced a press conference at which the East Humbolt Park Community would demand that the city of Chicago cease its plans to demolish a building on North Rockwell Avenue. The residential building, which was the site of Breaking the Chains, a mural painted by John Weber and a team of assistants in 1971, that became a symbolic site around which residents of the East Humbolt Park neighborhood protested the extreme and seemingly systematic destruction of residential housing in their neighborhood. This document conveys how, during the 1970s, the mural movement in Chicago was integral to community activism, including housing rights and efforts to counter the decline of urban Latino neighborhoods.

Researcher
Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Comite Provisional del Mejoramiento De Nuestra Comunidad, 1978, Chicago, IL