Last week was Ida B. Wells' 150th birthday. To recognize the occasion, the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee hosted a reception in Bronzeville, IL to honor her and pitch for donations for a monument to be designed by Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt. A monument is a great idea, but here's the catch:
The 20-foot granite and bronze piece will be installed at 37th and Langley, the site of the old Ida B. Wells Homes, the public housing development erected a decade after her death.
The Ida B. Wells housing projects were torn down several years ago to make room for a mixed-income community called Oakwood Shores. Something tells me that Wells, a woman who dedicated her life to social justice, would prefer the old memorial that people lived in to the new one made out of granite.