[Voices of Cabrini raw: demolition – Robbins Barber Shop]

Footage for the documentary "Voices of Cabrini." Shot between 1995-1999, it documented the Cabrini Green redevelopment project proposed and carried out by the city of Chicago. This video includes footage of construction workers cleaning up the rubble of Robbins Barber shop, followed by footage shot before the demolition of a conversation between Robbins Barber shop patrons about race relations, and footage from a little league baseball game in the neighborhood.

00:00Copy video clip URL Static, followed by a black screen.

00:26Copy video clip URL Footage of workers cleaning up rubble and miscellaneous items in an alley where the Robbin Barber shop once was. Various close ups on items in the alley and a “For Sale” sign.

04:35Copy video clip URL Earlier footage from before the demolition. George Robbins in his barbershop talking on the phone while cutting a young customer’s hair.

05:07Copy video clip URL George Robbins talking to other customers in the barber shop about health care and race relations.

06:50Copy video clip URL A customer laughs as he tries on another customer’s hat and banters with him.

10:40Copy video clip URL George Hannah, a Chicago fireman and a regular at Robbins Barber Shop, says that he has lived near Cabrini all of his life.

12:12Copy video clip URL The barber gives a customer a shave with an electric razor.

15:53Copy video clip URL A group of customers discuss aspects of American culture, celebrities, higher education, and life experience.

27:25Copy video clip URL Two little league baseball players peek into the shop and discuss their upcoming game. “Oh yes! We’re going to get down, we’re going to beat them, we’re going to go to the playoffs!”

29:10Copy video clip URL The customers talk about race relations and integration as the barber continues cutting customers’ hair.

35:34Copy video clip URL A patron shares his thoughts on Cabrini Green, and its demolition. “The white man destroys black children and black people so that one day they’ll leave, and then he can build condominiums and sell $300,000 brownstone and limestone.”

37:43Copy video clip URL Footage of a little league baseball game in the neighborhood.

46:43Copy video clip URL Exterior shot of the Cabrini Green Redevelopment Project building, with a sign plastered over the entrance that reads, “Come Back to Black Town.”

46:51Copy video clip URL Close on the sign.

48:24Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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