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Jon Lowenstein Freelance
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For a history competition sponsored by the Hyde Park Historical Society, students from the photo and journalism clubs did a project on the Oakwoods Cemetery which borders the Pocket on the North side of 71st St. The cemetary only started allowing blacks to be buried starting in the 1960's. Today Oakwoods is one of the most popular cemeteries for both neighborhood residents and prominent black Chicagoans to be laid to rest, Famous people buried there include Jesse Owens and former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Big Jim Colosimo was a famous Italian gangster who was murdered during Prohibition days and buried in Oakwoods Cemetery.


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