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Bronzeville, one of the nation's most significant African American communities, sits just south of Downtown. During the Great Migration, the area became a hotspot for jazz music. It is linked to cultural and social advances such as the Civil Rights Movement, Negro League Baseball and Black History Month. Due to its affluent past, Bronzeville contains some of Chicago's most distinguished residential architecture, with one of the largest concentrations of historic mansions in the city. Efforts are underway to spur inclusive economic development that builds on Bronzeville’s culturally rich legacy. This legacy was recently honored by the creation of a new Bronzeville Black Metropolis National Heritage Area, which will help fund and promote preservation efforts, tourism, cultural programming and historic interpretation.

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