The experiences of residents in public housing often are unheard, forgotten, or treated with similar neglect that the buildings themselves face. In a recent Chicago Reader article, written by Maya Dukmasova, the story of The National Public Housing Museum’s (NPHM) fight to remember the people of the Jane Addams Homes is told. The article narrates the challenges NPHM faced beginning from Deverra Beverly becoming a leader in her community, until now, 20 years later when her dream is in progress. Beverly’s dream was “to see some kind of museum memorializing her community . . . to make sure, as she’d often put it over the years, that no one would ever forget ‘we were here.’”
NPHM will preserve the shell of the Jane Addams housing project along with apartments used for exhibition rooms for the stories of public housing residents. Visitors will be able to physically experience three recreated public housing units where they’re encouraged to interact with the spaces.
The full article and more information about The National Public Housing Museum can be found here.