of Cultural Diversity
Gamaliel Ramirez, Gregg Spears, Sheila Cox and Stan Padilla
by: Chicago Public Schools
3830 S. Cottage Grove--the Parent and Community Training Academy
This is a truly important monument. It was the first erected anywhere
to honor the African American soldiers who served and died in
World War I.
On it a soldier in full battle dress stands at the top of heavy
a marble column on three sides of which are bronze panels filled
with life sized figures in relief.
When the monument was erected, its location was the vital center
of the black business community. Immediately to its left was the
Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company, the first black owned
insurance company in America. A little way off was the Binga Bank,
the first black owned bank.