The Monument

A monumental sculpture accompanied by supportive art pieces located in a park-like setting on the Langley Boulevard median, just south of 37th Street in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Langley Boulevard median lies at the heart of the Oakwood Shores community, on the former site of the Ida B. Wells public housing development.

The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee commissioned the creation of a sculptured monument to honor the life and times of the historic Ida B. Wells.  The sculpture was created by Richard Hunt, a Chicago native and world-renowned artist.  The abstract sculpture capturing the artist’s vision of Ida B. Wells and her legacy has a large base upon which images of Ida B. Wells and excerpts of her writings are engraved.  Upon completion, this monument was donated to the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection.

As a second phase of the project, smaller, interactive art pieces will be commissioned to allow the public to experience the work of Ida B. Wells in a reflective manner.   Additional elements may include a timeline of key events related to Ms. Wells’ causes and accomplishments, occasional seating along the pathway in the Langley median, or boulevard signposts or similar features with a historical narrative and illustrations.