GWENDOLYN BROOKS

Location: Brooks Park, Chicago
Artist: Margot Mcmahon

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for ‘Annie Allen’, making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer. She later became the first black woman to be the poet laureate of Illinois as well as the first to serve as a poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.

Her statue, by Margot McMahon was unveiled at Brooks Park on June 7 2018. The installation is designed to “both educate and invite public interaction” with Brooks’ life and work – both of which have been under appreciated by the wider public, McMahon said.