Tree planting project is a milestone for the Emmett Till House Museum
The association Black in green (BIG) will plant 36 trees this week along South St. Lawrence Avenue, the street that connects Emmett Till’s childhood home to the garden named after his mother, the Granny Till-Mobley Forgiveness Garden . BIG, who bought West Woodlawn’s house last year, turns it into a museum that tells the story of the great migration of millions of blacks from the rural south to the towns of the north, seen through the eyes of the family Till-Mobley.
Blacks in Green will maintain the trees and organize a horticulture training program for community members. The 10-foot trees, valued at nearly $ 20,000, were donated by Related Midwest, Chicago’s leading real estate developer, committed to improving neighborhoods and championing local sustainability efforts across the city.
“Related is proud to support Blacks in Green and their efforts to improve West Woodlawn and the communities of Chicago,” said Don Biernacki, executive vice president of Related Midwest. “This donation will advance BIG’s sustainable development mission, while beautifying a historic place that is important to us all. The Emmett Till House Museum will bring Chicagoans and visitors from all walks of life to experience West Woodlawn and our collective history.
Blacks in Green was granted historic monument status for the Till-Mobley House earlier this year and plans to open it as a museum in the spring of 2024, having already purchased the public garden. The tree planting project is part of BIG’s Sustainable square mile initiative that focuses on creating local living and tourism economies, first in South Chicago, then across the country, that balance the environment, the economy and equity. BIG envisions self-sufficient black communities around the world to tackle the local effects of climate change, where community members can walk to work, walk to shop, walk to learn, and walk to play.
The new trees represent a major milestone in the creation of the Emmett Till House Museum and BIG’s overall community revitalization work. To mark this milestone, BIG will be hosting a community celebration from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 31 at the Emmett Till House Museum at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave.