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Current image of the Oscar S. DePriest House in Chicago

Current image of the Oscar S. DePriest House in Chicago

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Chicago Landmarks Commission.

Current image of the Oscar S. DePriest House in Chicago

Current image of the Oscar S. DePriest House in Chicago. In 1921, Oscar DePriest’s house located at 3815 Vernon Avenue had been fire bombed over a dispute concerning an apartment house he owned between segregated neighborhoods. He chose to rent to a black family instead of a white one, angering residents of the white neighborhood who wanted him to continue renting to whites only. Oscar DePriest received death threats throughout his career for his outspoken belief in civil rights and resistance to racial prejudice.

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