New Statue Suggestion: Joseph Henry Hudlun

I don’t blame early Americans for their rush to name things after Columbus. In the days after the Revolution, they were eager for some national heroes who weren’t associated with the British, and Columbus fit the bill. But the Columbus obsession was a bug in our nation’s beta release. Most people who named things after Read More…

The Omnibus Riot of 1862

In July of 1862, as the Civil War raged in the south, a tangential battle was waged in Chicago on the corner of Clark and Randolph.  The horse-drawn omnibusses in the city were privately owned, and generally not segregated, though there seems to have been an unwritten rule that black passengers would move to the outside Read More…

The Story Inside the Getty Tomb

(the following is cross-posted from the Cemetery Mixtape page, which also includes a podcast!) Every year, thousands of people walk past the landmark Getty tomb in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery to admire the architecture. Designed by Louis Sullivan, it’s perhaps the most perfect example of Sullivan’s style. Almost no one who sees it realizes that inside Read More…