The Black Muslim presence in Kenwood is apparent at the
corner of 49th and Woodlawn. On both the northeast and northwest
corners are buildings that serve that religious community. The home
of the late Elijah Muhammad, with its beautiful stained glass
windows, stands on the northeast corner. The opposite corner contains
several townhouses for the Muslim sisterhood. The Black Muslims
had a very positive impact on Kenwood in the 1960s and 1970s through
construction of new housing for its members and through social programs.
The above photograph shows the Elijah Muhammad House and Chapel
at the northeast corner of 46th and Woodlawn in 1985. This Kenwood
home was the center of Chicago's Nation of Islam during the last
years of the Right Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
As you continue south on Woodlawn, you will see many
examples of fine residential architecture on both sides of the
street. The second house from the corner of 50th Street on the
west side of the street is the former home of boxing great Mohammad
Ali, who moved to Kenwood in the 1960s to be near his spiritual
mentor, Elijah Muhammed.