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Grand Boulevard — Washington Park Tour: Sites H & I
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Site H
The Chicago Baptist Institute, 5120 S. King Drive occupies buildings completed in 1899 for the Chicago Orphan Asylum, a charitable institution founded in 1849. Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge designed the brick "cottages" which were financed in part by the sale of stock from the nearby elevated railroad. Racial change in the neighborhood, coupled with new attitudes about orphanages, led to the institution's relocation in Kenwood in 1931. In addition to changing its address, the institution also changed its name and function. Now known as the Chicago Child Care Society, 5467 S. University, it provides day care for children in the Kenwood-Hyde Park community.

In 1937, Good Shepherd Congregational Church at 5700 S. Prairie purchased the former orphanage buildings, and the Parkway Community Center nourished at this location for the next twenty years. The Chicago Baptist Institute, founded in 1935 at 3816-18 S. Michigan, moved to 5120 South Parkway in 1957, where it continues its educational work on behalf of the city's black Baptist churches.

Site I
In 1919 and 1920, Jesse Binga's home at 5922 South Parkway (now King Drive) was bombed nearly ten times. One of the South Side's leading black bankers and real estate men, Binga was the first black to live in this section of Washington Park. His home as well as his bank at 36th Place and State were repeatedly bombed by whites who sought to halt the movement of blacks into Grand Boulevard and Washington Park. The photograph at right shows Binga's spacious single-family dwelling in 1985.

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