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Mahalia Jackson Court, located at 1 E. 79th St., opened to the public on Friday, Sept. 2. It is part of the Department of Planning and Development’s Public Outdoor Plaza (POP!) program. PHOTO PROVIDED BY GREATER CHATHAM INITIATIVE.

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Mahalia Jackson Court opens to public

Mahalia Jackson, a native of New Orleans, called Chicago home from 1927 until 1972. During that time, she won Grammy Awards and sang at the March on Washington. She was known as the Queen of Gospel Music and the World’s Greatest Gospel Singer. She was a resident of the Chatham neighborhood.