Title: The Great Migration
Site: Donnelley Center Community Art Garden
3947 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Artist: Marcus Akinlana
Assistants: Nyame Brown, Juan Chávez, Stephanie George, and Julia Sowles
Community Participants: Donnelley Center youth and staff
Sponsors: Chicago Public Art Group and Elliot Donnelley Youth Center
Scale: 30 ft. x 90 ft.
Materials: Acrylic paint on masonry
Information: This mural documents the migration of African Americans from the South to Chicago, specifically to the Douglas Boulevard and Grand Avenue area, after World War II. The mural contrasts a rural, agrarian past with the proliferation of urban industry and entertainment. This theme was decided in conjunction with Donnelley staff and community members as a relevant and vital artistic statement for the near Southside community. The Donnelley Center is located around a once thriving business and economic hub of the African-American community that was spun from the great migration. It is hoped that the mural will serve as both a landmark testimony to that legacy as well as uplift a community that has been plagued by the difficult social conditions facing inner city America.