Ida B. Wells monument slated for Bronzeville

Seeks to honor crusading journalist, civil rights activist

November 5, 2011

Associated Press

Efforts are underway to build a monument in Chicago to honor journalist and activist Ida B. Wells.

The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee says it has commissioned famed sculptor Richard Hunt to create the monument. The monument will be in Bronzeville, a historically African-American neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Wells lived and worked in Bronzeville with her family from 1895 to 1931.

Wells' great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster, is co-chairman of the monument committee. She says the goal is to have a groundbreaking ceremony for the project sometime next year. July is the 150th anniversary of Wells' birth.

The committee has started fundraising and needs $300,000 for the project.