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Alison Saar's Monument to the Great Northern Migration

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Monument to the Great Northern Migration

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. & 26th Place
Chicago, IL 60616

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Saar’s bronze figure is a testament to the thousands of African Americans who migrated to Chicago in the early 20th century in search of greater freedom and opportunity. The traveler’s hand is raised in salutation to his new home. In his other hand he carries a worn suitcase symbolic of his journey, dreams and talents. The bollards surrounding the monument are also suitcases that are textured with a pattern derived from the tin ceilings of the era. The figure is oriented to the north, symbolizing the traveler’s destination.