2007 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 2nd prize

Jon Lowenstein

Aurora Photos

01 January, 2005

Until the 1960s, African Americans could not be buried in the Oakwoods Cemetery, which borders on the Pocket neighborhood. Today it is one of the most popular resting places for prominent black Chicagoans, including Jesse Owens and former mayor Harold Washington. Chicago South Side has long had a distinct identity, associated with the city's African American community. In the 1970s and 1980s, the once thriving industrial communities of the South Side hit hard economic times and unemployment, poverty, drugs, and gang violence became major issues. Despite their adversities, South Side residents preserve a strong sense of community feeling.

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Jon Lowenstein

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