Excerpt from Newsletter:
Williams is founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society, and the cottage building is the organization’s home. The Society is located on Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas’ former homestead; the landmark site is adjacent to Lake Michigan and the Illinois Central Railroad. A few yards from the cottage building lay a couple of African Heritage Gardens and a Migratory Bird Oasis. (The Oasis is a sanctuary for more than 20 species). The constant arrival of birds to the Oasis and gardens echo the history of the Great Migration, the movement of six million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West that largely occurred between 1910 and 1970. That history is central to the experience of African-Americans in Chicago who, like so many others, came here from another place.