Culver’s being built on smallpox cemetery used in Civil War, historians say

The Bronzeville Culver's is the first to get permits and will likely be the first location in the city in the Lake Meadows Shopping Center. (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer / via DNAinfo)

THE GAP — The city’s first Culver’s in Bronzeville is being built on the remnants of a Civil War-era smallpox cemetery, historians said Wednesday.

Chicagoans will be able to buy butter burgers and deep-fried cheese curds this summer when Culver’s opens in the Lake Meadows Shopping Center at 35th Street and Martin Luther King Drive, but few customers will likely know the full history of the site.

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The shopping center sits on what was once the Camp Douglas prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. David Keller, managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation, believes the Culver’s site is where victims of smallpox were buried in a separate cemetery.

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