Monument to the Great Northern Migration
The Monument to the Great Northern Migration commemorates the exodus of African-Americans to Chicago to liberate themselves from the oppression of the Jim Crow South. Situated in Bronzeville, Chicago's counterpart of Harlem, this statue symbolizes the reconstitution of the black identity.
The Great Migration redefined the American cultural landscape. This black diaspora to the North expanded opportunities for African-Americans and granted them access to economic mobility.
This bronze statue depicts an African-American traveler. His north-facing orientation represents the direction of this mass migration. With a suitcase in tote, the traveler—a symbol of the black souls—is coalescing his new identity with his past.