Her Whole Life, A North Side Shop Owner Was Told To Avoid The South Side. The Folded Map Project Helped Her Challenge That
The racial justice uprisings of 2020 inspired Adrianne Hawthorne to challenge things she was taught as a child. Now, her North Side shop promotes artists from all over the city, and she's no longer afraid of taking the "wrong" exit.
by Tonika Johnson and Maria Krysan / Block Club Chicago / June 23, 2021
As part of The Folded Map Project, Tonika Lewis Johnson and sociologist Maria Krysan interviewed 30 people about how they first confronted — and eventually combatted — harmful narratives about Chicago’s South and West sides. Block Club Chicago is publishing five of these stories. We invite you to join us June 30 on YouTube for Making Chicago’s Segregation Personal, a live conversation about neighborhood stereotypes, segregation and how you can better understand your community by getting to know someone else’s.
RAVENSWOOD — By the time she was 17, Adrianne Hawthorne knew never to go anywhere on the South Side other than her grandma’s house in Beverly. The one time she ventured there — by accident — her family was furious.
“I had a car for the first time … and I was driving down to Beverly and I got off at the wrong exit. One too early,” Hawthorne said. “I was young and we didn’t have Google Maps or anything. I didn’t really know where I was, and I couldn’t really get back … . So I called my grandparents and told them where I was, and they lost it. They were so freaked out for me. And I then I got freaked out. … And I got there [to grandma’s], and they were like mad at me.” Read more HERE