Dino Robinson founded Shorefront Legacy Center in 1995 to collect, preserve, and educate people about Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore.
Shorefront's core mission--Collect, Preserve, Educate-- is validated by visitors, educators, and community members who, after they've visited exclaim, “I did not know!”
Visit Shorefront online or at 2214 Ridge Ave, Lower Level.
Hours: Saturdays 9-2, Thursday and Fridays 10-1 by appointment.
You can read stories and interviews at Shorefront Journal.
Shorefront's most recent project is a documentary about the life and legacy of Evanston's first Black mayor, “Lorraine H. Morton: A Life Worthwhile." The documentary was produced by Robinson and Steve Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Studios.
It will be screened at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, in the Evanston Public Library's Community Meeting Room, Main Library.
Lorraine Hairston Morton was an educator, an alderman, and Evanston’s first African American mayor. She served the Evanston community for more than 50 years, guided by a simple statement her father passed down to her nearly half a century ago : “. . . only a life of service, is a life worthwhile.”
The 45-minute film chronicles her life beginning 99 years ago in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and charts her early childhood, her career as an educator and how she made history as the mayor of Evanston, Illinois where she served for four consecutive years.
The documentary was culled from more than nine hours of Shorefront-directed interview sessions, scanned images from the family collection, and multiple resources from local and out of state archives.
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