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Several Prominent Leaders to Attend July 16th Reception to Honor
150th Birthday of Ida B. Wells

(World-Renowned Sculptor Richard Hunt to Give Update on Ida B. Wells Monument)

(July 13, 2012 – Chicago, IL) On Monday, July 16, 2012, The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee (IBWCAC) will host an informal reception to celebrate the 150th birthday of Ida B. Wells.  The Committee has commissioned world-renowned sculptor and Chicago native, Richard Hunt, to create a monument that will capture the life, times and work of Ida B. Wells  – journalist, teacher, anti-lynching crusader, women?s rights activist and civil rights pioneer.

The reception will be held from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the beautiful Oakwood Terrace Senior Building, 3750 S. Cottage Grove, in newly developed Oakwood Shores on the former site of the Ida B. Wells homes. Mr. Hunt will give an overview of his vision for the 20-foot monument that he?s in the process of designing.

Several politicians including Congressman Bobby Rush, State Representative Mary Flowers and State Representative Kim du Buclet, are scheduled to attend along with leaders of several organizations including The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Chicago Urban League and the DuSable Museum.  Guests will enjoy updates about this historic project, birthday cake and a tour of the site at 37th & Langley where the monument will be located.  Once installed, it will be donated by the IBWCAC to the City of Chicago?s Public Arts Collection.

IBWCAC is composed of representatives of former Ida B. Wells public housing  resident leadership, UJIMA, Inc., the office of  Fourth Ward Alderman William D. Burns, The Habitat Company, Chicago Housing Authority, North Kenwood-Oakland Conservation Community Council, the Oakwood Shores Development Team (The Community Builders and Granite Development Corporation), Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, and Ida B. Wells? family members.

To learn more about the project and event please call 773-382-6115, email or visit


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