On Thursday, February 19th, President Barack Obama visited Chicago to declare the historic Pullman neighborhood the Pullman National Monument. The new Pullman National Monument includes 203 acres on the south side of Chicago, and will include historic buildings such as the old Hotel Florence, the clock tower and administration buildings, Market Hall and Greenstone Church.

The Pullman neighborhood is a milestone for industrial, labor and social history. The neighborhood played a significant role in labor and civil rights movements. In the 1920s, the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters became the first African-American labor union that would secure bargaining rights. “This site is at the heart of what would become the American labor movement,” Obama said on Thursday.

Establishing a national monument at Pullman will greatly strengthen our bi-state Calumet region. Coupled with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, residents and tourists of the region can experience local and national history as well as a number of globally rare habitats and incredible recreational opportunities in one trip. We applaud everyone who has worked over the years to establish the Pullman National Monument.

Read more about the ceremony here, and see what Save the Dunes, the National Park Conservation Association, and other partners said about this exciting news here.

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