Rosenwald Courts Featured on ABC 7 “Built to Last”

ABC 7 Chicago and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Labor Management Committee teamed up for BUILT TO LAST, an informative series of half-hour specials exploring the skill, training and artistry of union carpenters and contractors. The series of specials highlights the projects they’ve worked on and the people whose lives they have touched. BUILT TO LAST Season Four will feature 12 episodes hosted by Monica Pedersen, Mark Nilsson and Rob North. Premiering on Sunday, May 7th at 12:00pm on ABC 7, the season will run through the end of July.

As the epicenter of the Great Migration in the 20th century, the Bronzeville neighborhood became a beacon for middle-class African Americans. The crown jewel of this neighborhood was Rosenwald Courts, an apartment complex that was once home to such luminaries as Jesse Owens, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Joe Louis. In this fourth episode, BUILT TO LAST spotlights how this neighborhood and apartment complex, after years of neglect and disrepair, experienced renewal with the help of union carpenters. This edition airs Sunday, June 4th at 12:00pm.

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