The Great Migration Greenway

Chicago | Illinois

What We’re Doing
Preserving land around the home of Emmett Till to heal from and honor a pivotal time in America’s history.

Our Goal
Strengthen a connection to our nation’s shared heritage.

By the Numbers
1 of 33
African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund grant recipients in 2022
Gardens honoring the Great Migration
The Great Migration Greenway Story
Explore the Work Along the Great Migration Greenway
  • Emmett Till House

    The Emmett Till home on the South Side of Chicago is one of the centerpieces of the Great Migration Greenway. To keep Till’s memory alive, community members, including Blacks in Green, came together to save his childhood home from demolition. Trust for Public Land drew on contributions from our Equitable Communities Fund and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to help purchase additional properties near the home.

    Mamie Till-Mobley Forgiveness Garden

    Through our partnership with L.L.Bean and Timberland, we’ve helped make improvements to the Mamie Till-Mobley Forgiveness Garden, which invites residents and visitors to heal from decades of painful racism and honor Emmett Till’s mother, a courageous activist in her own right. The garden will serve as an anchor for a series of 16 gardens that pay homage to luminaries of the Great Migration from Mississippi to Chicago, such as the poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

  • Emmett Till house: Woodlawn childhood home officially a Chicago landmark
  • Map Legend

    Get Directions

Get in Touch with Our Illinois Team
Chicago Office

55 W. Monroe St. Suite
Suite 3360
Chicago, IL, 60603
(312) 750-9820

Associate Vice President, Illinois State Director

(312) 750-9820