In the city of Bronzeville, IL there are a ton of buildings that are being torn down since it is old. But what people don’t know is the history of the building itself and what the building was used for a long time ago. Brownsville has a bad reputation and has liquor stores in almost every corner. The city of Brownsville is just more than that. There are buildings in Bronzeville that made American history not just “African American history”. Bronzeville has its own culture and people to go with it.
I went on a field trip to Bronzeville, IL with the Multicultural services at Lewis University. We visited different locations in the neighborhood, but one location stuck out to me the most, the Quinn Chapel Ame Church. The chapel has been around since the proclamation. It might just look like any other normal church, but what makes the Quinn Chapel special is the history of it. It was used as a place to host meetings since at the time African Americans weren’t allowed to do as much. The pastor gave us a tour guide around the church and explained the importance of the church and the rich history it has. After every historical subject that he told us he said,” It’s American history. From an African American perspective.”