CHICAGO DUSABLE LEAGUE
The Chicago DuSable League is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the history and culture of Chicago's first permaent non-native-american settler, jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a Black man who built his home around 1772 on the north bank of the Chicago River.
DuSable League came into existence exclusively for historical, cultural
and educational purposes. The League has reached out throughout the years
with exhibits, research projects, lectures, memorials and other special
activities pertaining to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable and his rightful
place in Chicago's history.
The Chicago DuSable League has three (3) objectives that we would like to see accomplished by the year 2003 with respect to the DuSable Park statue:
1). Utilize fundraising, contributions/donations, grants from various private and government agencies
2). Lobby the City of Chicago to bring the League's statue goals to fruition
3). To have erected a grand statue in the likeness of J.B. Pointe DuSable
Jean Baptiste Point DuSable League
Founded in 1928
In 1928, two educators, Mrs. Annie Oliver and Mrs. Alice J. Neal met with others and formed a committee to give recognition to the first settler in Chicago, Jean baptiste Point DuSable. At that time they named the committee "The Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Memorial Society." They wanted all residents of this great city and the world, especially children, to know the history and background of this great man who was the first settler in Chicago.
In 1935, under the administration of the late Mayor Cermak, the Society managed to successfully spearhead a drive to name a school on the south side of Chicago after DuSable. This school was located at 1938 South Wabash. The school was named Jean Baptiste Point DuSable School, better known as DuSable High School.
In 1968, the Society changed its name and was recognized as the jean Baptiste Point DuSable League. For many decades, the League met with other leaders in an effort to erect a monument or statue in honor of DuSable, the first setttler of Chicago, which has not materialized.
Now in 2001, there are 4 of the founding members on the committee. These four pioneers, along with other members and suporters are continuing to work to fulfill this dream, so generations to come will know and recognize the significance of DuSable's Historical background.
In 1969, the League met with the Late Mayor Richard M. Daley Sr.'s assistant Mr. Irwin France. Mr. France gave the league his solemn promise that there would be a statue of jean Baptiste point DuSaable erected in this city at an early date. This statue has not yet emerged. The League is still working to accomplish this dream and will continue until it is accomplished.
PEOPLE WANT IT,
A brief history of the Chicago Jean Baptiste Point DuSable League, by BessieL. Neal, President, October 2001
Chicago DuSable league