Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Applauds Chicago Park District Board Decision to Name 31st Street Beach & Park after Dr. Margaret Burroughs

Aug 12, 2015
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) attended the Chicago Park District meeting to applaud the board’s decision to vote in favor of naming 31st Street Beach and Park after Dr. Margaret Burroughs. Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Representatives Bobby L. Rush and Danny K. Davis, Alderman Will Burns and other community members gathered at 31st Street Beach on Tuesday to announce the proposal to name the beach and park after Dr. Burroughs.

“I’m very pleased that we have reached an agreement to name 31st Street Beach and Park after Dr. Burroughs,” Rep. Rush stated. “This critical and esteemed park and lakefront will now carry the name of one of the city’s most prominent figures. Dr. Burroughs was a force in Chicago and her legacy is in an ongoing inspiration.”

Supt. Kelly recommended to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners that 31st Street Beach and Park be named after Dr. Burroughs. Supt. Kelly asked the Commissioners to waive the 45-day notice for public input, due to the extensive community process that has taken place.

Dr. Burroughs cofounded the DuSable Museum of African American History and the South Side Community Art Center. She also served for 25 years as a Commissioner on the Chicago Park District Board until her death in 2010. The announcement comes after Rep. Rush began his campaign to name a city landmark after Burroughs in 2012.

The Chicago Park District also currently bears an art gallery named for Dr. Burroughs at South Shore Cultural Center.