Historian John R. Schmidt explores hidden Chicago landmarks for Black History Month: Visit the homes of Chicago's first black banker Jesse Binga, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis

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Justin Kaufmann and Historian John R. Schmidt, February 2020

In this Justin Kaufmann Show series, Chicago historian John R. Schmidt takes us on a tour of Chicago’s “Hidden Chicago Landmarks.” Tonight, in honor of Black History Month, John and Justin discuss some of the hidden history behind some great black Chicagoans. John tells us some amazing stories about Chicago entrepreneur Jesse Binga, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and heavyweight champion Joe Louis.

This is the podcast for Extension 720. The show originates from Chicago on WGN Radio and features newsmakers, tastemakers and trailblazers.  Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Justin Kaufmann, this talk show/audio magazine goes in-depth to help you better understand the city (and world) that you live in.

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