Harold Washington

“I want to be a mayor who helped, really helped.” Harold Washington 1922 – 1987

This Sunday, November 25th, marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Harold Washington, who served as Chicago’s mayor from April 1983 until his death in 1987, just months after winning a second term. Washington was a larger-than-life man with a big smile to boot. But he was also a fighter as his battles against then-aldermen Ed Vrdolyak and the “Vrdolyak 29” proved during the infamous Council Wars. He was an inspiration to many and a polarizing figure to others, but the city came together to mourn his tragic and sudden passing over Thanksgiving week in 1987.

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