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Chicago wins $7 million grant from Mellon Foundation for eight new monuments

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Monday, June 19, 2023 at 11:44 PM

Chicago wins $7 million grant for new monument

Chicago (WLS) — A new memorial will be built around Chicago thanks to a $7 million grant.

Mayor Brandon Johnson announced the grant from the Mellon Foundation on Monday.

The city plans to build a total of eight new monuments, both permanent and temporary. Planned memorials include the Chicago Torture and Justice Memorial, the George Washington Memorial Intervention Memorial, the Mother Jones Memorial, the Mahalia Jackson Memorial, and the Pilsen Latina Histories.

City leaders said their aim was to represent people who have been historically excluded or underrepresented.

“Chicago’s monuments and monuments are more than just public art, they speak directly to the values, history and vision of our great city,” said Mayor Johnson. “The Mellon Foundation’s support for the Chicago Memorial Project and its focus on labor, civil rights, racial justice, and other areas that represent our diversity, celebrate our history, and tell our story. Thank you for creating such a cultural work.”

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