Black Historian Margaret Burroughs, 93

Margaret Burroughs

Margaret Burroughs, founder of Chicago’s famed DuSable Museum of African American History, died in her sleep this weekend at the age of 93. Burroughs, who earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948, was a political activist, artist, community activist, poet and author of children’s books who helped shape the lives of Chicago residents for decades in large ways and small. Burroughs gained her greatest notoriety in 1961 when she, with her second husband Charles, founded the DuSable Museum of African American History, which gained fame for exhibits dedicated to the civil rights movement. After serving as museum director until 1985, Burroughs was appointed Commissioner of the Chicago Park District in 1985. Burroughs spent her life exposing Black people to Black and African culture. Her work has inspired younger generations to follow in her steps.
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