Through the month of October, a series of events called Journey Chicago is taking place at cultural heritage centers across the city and suburbs.
The Haitian American Museum of Chicago, in collaboration with the North Lawndale Pop Up Spot and Crossing Borders Music, are hosting an upcoming traveling exhibit kicking off Oct. 16 in North Lawndale.
Set along a tree-lined boulevard, “We Walk Lawndale” will be a celebration of Black history and culture through music, art and food.
“All the exhibits are leaned up against trees and the reason for that is because trees are super important in Haitian culture, specifically in Vodou, in their religion as a meeting space, as a place to come together,” said Carlos Bossard, the museum’s executive director. “We wanted to replicate that in our exhibition, keeping the Haitian culture alive.”
The event will feature food, music, inflatables and community exhibits that offer resources and explore Chicago’s Black communities.
“We’ve been part of different coalitions that have helped push different ways to uplift Black and Brown histories and communities,” Bossard said. “[Given] the landscape of how the world, the nation is right now, so many experiences need to be shared, so many voices need to be heard.”
“We Walk” steps off on the boulevard green at Douglas Boulevard and Central Park Avenue in North Lawndale, 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. The event is free to attend and open to all.