The Obamas Break Ground!

The Obamas break ground in Jackson Park for the Obama Presidential Center. Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot were also on hand for the ceremony.

Today marks a big day for the Obamas and for the South Side of Chicago. It’s the day that  President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on what will be the Obama Presidential Center, also called OPC, in Jackson Park. The Obama’s hope for the location to be a place to “train and inspire the next generation of leaders.” Hyde Park Academy junior Zell Wilson introduced Mrs. Obama before she took the podium. Trenton Banks, a sophomore at South Shore International College Prep, introduced President Obama before he address the crowd. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Governor J.B.Pritzker were also on hand to shovel the first scoops of dirt during the ceremony.

Zell Wilson
Trenton Banks/AP

“Chicago is where I found my home,” President Obama said. “It feels natural for Michelle and me to want to give back to the South Side.”

The OPC will not be a singular building like most presidential libraries, but a campus that will house political memorabilia, a branch of the public library, and a variety of activities for the community. The opening of the Obama Presidential Center is expected to happen by the year 2025.

Watch the full ceremony below.


True Star Staff

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