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Yvonne and Leonard Robinson, about 2000

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Yvonne and Leonard Robinson, about 2000
Yvonne and Leonard Robinson


This object appears in the following sections:

City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — The Automobile Shapes the Suburbs

Yvonne Robinson's house, Park Forest, Illinois

Yvonne and Leonard Robinson
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

Before the Robinsons moved to Park Forest in 1963, the Park Forest Social Action Committee canvassed the neighborhood, calming concerns and getting an idea of how neighbors would accept the family. This level of community involvement was important to Mrs. Robinson. Protesters had burned down her brothers' house in a nearby suburb the year before.

Physical Description
Photograph. Color photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, taken about 2000.
Date Made:
about 2000
Park Forest
Courtesy of Yvonne and Leonard Robinson
Access to a car and a well paying job didn't translate into mobility and the American dream for all Americans after World War II. A major road block to mobility was race. Many residents of Park Forest worked together to attract middle-class Black families to the community, making it one of the few white suburbs in the post-War period that sought out integration.
Related People, Places, and Events
Robinson, Yvonne and Leonard

Park Forest, Illinois

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