Photo of Zora Neale Hurston doll courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

Hall Library in Bronzeville

The George Cleveland Hall branch of the Chicago Public Library, which opened to the community in 1932 and is located at 4801 South Michigan Avenue in Bronzeville, was a gathering place for Black Renaissance writers of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, including Arna Bontemps, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Claude McKay, among other notable Black authors and poets. Visit our author pages in California (Bontemps), Florida (Hurston), Illinois (Brooks), Kansas (Hughes), Louisiana (Bontemps), New York (Hughes, McKay), Ohio (Hughes), Tennessee (Hughes), for more information about these important writers.

Bronzeville History and Literature

Bronzeville, known as the “Black Metropolis,” is in the historic South Side of Chicago. An excellent description, history and video can be found here: Chicago Sun Times.

Read examples of poetry written at and about Bronzeville by Gwendolyn Brooks here: Poem Hunter.

This is the fifth stop on our Illinois Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart