Group works to pre­serve Ebony mag­a­zine test kitchen

South Florida Times - - HEALTH & CARIBBEAN - His­toric des­ig­na­tion is sought for the Ebony and Jet mag­a­zine test kitchen. As­so­ci­ated Press

CHICAGO - A his­toric preser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion is work­ing to pre­serve the kitchen where Ebony mag­a­zine tested recipes for its monthly fea­ture “A Date with a Dish.''

Land­marks Illi­nois says it re­cently ac­quired the test kitchen and ma­te­ri­als for $1. The kitchen was dis­as­sem­bled and re­moved from the for­mer head­quar­ters of John­son Pub­lish­ing Com­pany. The or­ga­ni­za­tion wants to save the kitchen for fu­ture dis­play or re­use.

The land­mark build­ing along Chicago's Michi­gan Av­enue is the for­mer home of both Ebony and Jet mag­a­zines, which shared in­spir­ing sto­ries of African-Amer­i­cans. The com­pany sold the build­ing in 2010. A de­vel­oper plans to con­vert the of­fices into apart­ments.

Land­marks Illi­nois Pres­i­dent and CEO Bon­nie Mc­Don­ald calls the kitchen a “cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant piece of his­tory from the coun­try's most in­flu­en­tial African Amer­i­can pub­lisher of its time.''

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