Em­mett Till home restora­tion could in­clude a quiet park for con­tem­pla­tion

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Al­low me to en­dorse your mes­sage to the city that land­mark sta­tus should be granted to the for­lorn build­ing that once was home to young Em­mett Till.

In the spirit of Black lives mat­ter­ing, this site could be en­hanced to make it a pil­grim­age site, where the aw­ful sins of our past are told, ex­plained, and con­tex­tu­al­ized.

We can see in a photo ac­com­pa­ny­ing a news story on the home that one or two ad­di­tional lots to the north are com­pletely empty. This would be a fit­ting ac­qui­si­tion by the city, a place for a quiet park in which to re­flec­tion be­fore and af­ter a tour of the home.

With the ad­di­tion of the Lor­raine Hans­berry site on Rhodes Av­enue, you have the be­gin­nings of a very promis­ing cul­ture/his­tory cir­cuit.

Den­nis Allen, Wil­mette

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