February 19, 2015 - National Park Service Press Release
Chicago’s First National Park Honors Labor, Civil Rights Movements
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded President Obama’s action today to establish the Pullman National Monument in Chicago, Illinois. The monument will protect and interpret America’s first planned industrial town and a site associated with important milestones in the labor and civil rights movements.
The Pullman National Monument is one of three new national monuments announced by President Obama today that help tell the story of significant events in American history and protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. He also launched an “Every Kid in a Park” initiative that will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year.
“National parks are America’s story teller, so it’s fitting that we are including Pullman and the neighborhood’s rich history in the national park system,” said Secretary Jewell. “Chicago’s first national park will help preserve and honor the stories associated with this unique factory town and the Pullman Company – from the industrial revolution to the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity.”
The Pullman National Monument is located in Chicago’s South Side on the original Pullman town site. The town was created in the 1880s by the Pullman Palace Car Company to serve as a model factory town to manufacture railroad passenger cars and house factory workers and their families.