Easter in Cabrini, 1981

In 1981, Mayor Jane Byrne decided to address criticisms of her administration’s handing of public housing by moving in to the Cabrini Green housing projects. Her brief stay culminated in an Easter celebration featuring gospel music, an Easter egg hunt, and carnival rides.

Some Cabrini residents were not happy to be used as a publicity stunt and staged a small protest. This video shot by Tom Weinberg and Tom Finerty shows the festivities and the quick arrests of the peaceful demonstrators shouting, “We want jobs, not eggs!” Keep an eye out for an appearance by activist Marion Stamps.

Watch the 17 minute version at Media Burn Archive.

43rd Annual PCA-ACA Media Burn in Washington D.C. this week! At the annual Pop Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference on Friday, Tom will be presenting on the panel “Rewind! Preserving Pop Culture Archives of the 1960s and 1970s” alongside fellow NHPRC grantees University of Miami and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The panel was organized by Alex Lorch, program officer in charge of the NHPRC’s Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records grant program.

 

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