Barack Obama Ground Breaks “Obama Presidential Center” in Chicago
On September 28, Former president Barack Obama with former first lady Michelle Obama ground breaks the “Obama Presidential Center” in the South Side of Chicago. After almost 6 years, the pair was finally able to start the process of the project.
The Obama library was announced in 2015 after constant deliberation on whether the center should be located in either Hawaii or Chicago, but with the overall vote and Obama’s love for Chicago, Chicago won. However, the construction for the center experienced some delays due to environmentalists trying to file a lawsuit against the private project being built near their land in Jackson Park. Eventually, the judge dismissed their lawsuit.
Near the Obamas were Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot along with others to help ground break the Obama center. According to news sources, the project could take 4-5 years to be completed.
"We want this center to be more than a static museum or a source of archival resource," Obama said.
Before the ground breaking, President Joe Biden acknowledged the positive representation of what the Obama Presidential Center will bring to the south side of Chicago through a video message.
"That's what today represents. It's not just breaking ground on a new building. It's breaking ground on the very idea of America as a place of possibilities," Biden said
According to Obama’s website, the center will consist of the following: A museum, plaza/forum, library, activity center, park, garden, walkways, and a children’s play area. The Obama Presidential Center will become a historical landmark that portrays the life and presidential journey of the first African-American U.S. president Barack Obama.