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“History,” said the late David McCullough, “is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

Evanston learned more about its history this weekend and commemorated it in concrete as Shorefront Legacy Center founder Morris “Dino” Robinson (above, in a photo by Richard Cahan) unveiled markers designating two African American Heritage Sites.

The first marker was unveiled at 325 Dempster St., the former home of Maria Murray, Evanston’s first documented Black resident. The second marker was unveiled (below, in a photo by Debbie-Marie Brown) in front of the former Evanston Sanitarium at 1918 Asbury Ave., which was once a segregated hospital – the only hospital in Evanston where black physicians could practice and Black mothers could give birth.

Credit: Debbie-Marie Brown

Evanston’s African American Heritage Sites program has now unveiled four of eight planned sidewalk markers at locations throughout the city deemed essential to understanding the local African American community’s historical context.

The city also hosted another unveiling this past weekend:

Credit: Heidi Randhava

Curt’s Cafe held a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday to celebrate the completion of its new mural, created by local artist Sholo Beverly. Students from the nonprofit’s workforce training program assisted throughout the project, and embedded beneath the mural’s swirls of vivid colors and striking imagery are handprints and words of inspiration the students painted before the project got underway.


COVID-19 by the numbers: Eight new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Aug. 11, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 14.9 cases per day.


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Larry ‘Lorenzo’ Cose, 1953-2022. Larry was born on Chicago’s West Side to Raney and Jetta Cose, and is survived by his wife Diana and sons Justin and Lucas. At different times he was a reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and a certified financial planner at his own practice, as well as “an infinitely kind and compassionate friend to those fortunate enough to know him.”

Evanston Rules: Rose waits for no one. The 14th episode of the Evanston Rules podcast features retired educator Rose Johnson. Her experiences as an educator, school board member, parent and community activist have been a driving force for her truth while living in Evanston.

Dear Gabby: I love posting about my kids. Is that so bad? This week’s Dear Gabby column features queries about kids on Facebook, changing a pet’s name and turning down an invitation from an old friend.


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Around the web

Q&A: President-elect Michael Schill talks transition to Northwestern, previous experiences. Hours after Northwestern announced Schill’s appointment at its 17th president, The Daily Northwestern sat down with him to discuss his takeaways from previous leadership roles, his plans for the University and his thoughts on joining the NU community.

‘The Bud,’ The country’s largest Black parade, celebrates its full-length return. Tens of thousands of Chicagoans watched dance troupes, musicians, dignitaries and more march through Bronzeville at Saturday’s Bud Billiken Parade. Participants marched the entire traditional two-mile route down King Drive, from Pershing Road to Garfield Boulevard, for the first time since the pandemic started.

Northwestern rocket to image supernova remnant. On Aug. 21, a Northwestern University team will launch its “Micro-X” rocket from White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. The rocket will spend 15 minutes in space — just enough time to snap a quick image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A.

Chicago aldermen embrace The Great Resignation. Ten of the 50 incumbent members of Chicago’s City Council have either resigned before the end of their term, said they won’t seek reelection next year or are running for mayor instead.


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Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joins the RoundTable for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.