Published on Jun 27, 2017
Bronzeville’s Pekin Theatre was the first Black-owned and -operated stock theatre company in the United States. The Pekin opened the first all-Black show ever produced in Chicago on June 18th, 1905 to an estimated crowd of 400 patrons. As part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art in 2017, the Illinois Humanities Council recreated the theatre at “An Evening at the Pekin Theatre” on June 17, 2017, just one day shy of 112 years later.
For more about the evening and the talented artists and musicians involved, feel free to read the Chicago Tribune’s article: