Lorraine Hansberry Childhood Residence

6140 S Rhodes Ave Chicago

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If you are in the area, check out this 1909 brick building in the Woodlawn neighborhood. The Chicago landmark was Lorraine Hansberry's childhood home which her father, a real estate developer, bought in 1937. When the family moved into this restricted white neighborhood shortly thereafter, they received threats of violence and a brick thrown through a window. When the court forced them to move, Hansberry's father challenged the decision. The conflict resulted in a three-year legal battle and a U.S. Supreme Court decision which was key in ending discriminatory housing covenants (agreements among white neighbors not to sell to Blacks).

Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun (1959), was rooted in her family's lawsuit and her childhood on the South Side of Chicago.

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