Chicago has given activist, journalist and truth teller Ida B. Wells her flowers.
Last week the city unveiled a monument honoring the life and work of the activist.
Officially known as The Light of Truth Ida B. Wells National Monument, the commemoration is located in Chicago’s Bronzeville community and was created by Black sculptor Richard Hunt. It stands on the land of the former Ida B. Wells Housing Project — a construction developed to house Black families. The homes were demolished in 2011. Now, the area serves as a memory of where Wells spent most of her life as an investigative journalist in Chicago.
Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on July 16th, 1862. She was born into slavery during the Civil War.
Late in her career she focused on urban reform in the city of Chicago. She died on March 25th, 1931.