These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer. - Acts 1:14
At the time Gage Park was annexed to Chicago in 1889, the town consisted of thirty wood-framed cottages with no paved streets. Once the electric trolley was extended to Gage Park in the early 1900s, the area experienced a building boom with increased industrial and residential development.
The area was comprised of mainly Bohemian and Polish residents, many who were faithful to the Roman Catholic Church. Decades later, Gage Park was influenced greatly by racial and civil unrest. It became the focal point for piloting open housing for African Americans and was the site of a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was met with violent resistance.
In the 1970s and 1980s several neighborhood organizations formed in order to neutralize and ease racial tension. As a result to these efforts Gage Park was a racially diverse community while maintaining an established middle-class. More recently, the Latino population has rapidly increased, and is now the dominant ethnic group.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
"Chicago Neighborhood Prayer Guide" by Dr. John Fuder with Elizabeth Koenig
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