[Voices of Cabrini raw: Marion Stamps funeral]

Video from 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 features footage from Cabrini activist Marion Stamps' funeral. Congressman Bobby Rush speaks at the service. Towards the end of the video, there is an interview with a Cabrini resident who had lived in the area since the 1960s.

0:15Copy video clip URL Open to a woman at a podium eulogizing Marion Stamps. A song is sung.

2:26Copy video clip URL Cut to the crowd at the memorial.

2:34Copy video clip URL Back to the woman at the podium. Bobby Rush takes the podium next.

9:12Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of the funeral procession lead vehicle, a white Cadillac.

10:19Copy video clip URL Cut to inside a church, St. Luke’s, where a gospel choir is singing.

13:27Copy video clip URL Cut to outside the funeral. People prepare to begin the procession. Skyline in the background.

14:06Copy video clip URL Daughters leaving funeral.

20:17Copy video clip URL Color bars.

20:23Copy video clip URL Return to the front of Tranquility Marksman Memorial Organization, where several flower and memorial arrangements have been laid.

21:14Copy video clip URL Quick shot of a Thanksgiving Day balloon being blown up.

21:16Copy video clip URL In front of the Tranquility Marksman building. People stand outside.

23:27Copy video clip URL A group of young women practice their choreography for a parade.

25:11Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a hole in a fence. Three children walk through it. A building can be seen at the end of an empty lot. A steady stream of people move through the hole.

26:25Copy video clip URL Two women try to pin up a sign for an annual celebration on the Tranquility Marksman building:”The 28th Annual Survival Day Celebration in Honor of Queen Nzinga.”

29:15Copy video clip URL Cut to a man who has lived in the area since 1958: “There are two north sides: The North Side and the Near North Side.” He is pessimistic about the redevelopment of Cabrini-Green and the effect redevelopment will have on the community: “They do whatever they want to do…It’s a sad state.”

33:12Copy video clip URL Man: “Cabrini is just one of the bricks in the wall (thunderclap)…it’s about the destruction of our whole community…it’s all about profit.” He talks about the difference between white people and black people.

37:24Copy video clip URL Man points out a man walking down the street, and how hard Marion Stamps had to fight in order to get that man a job at a construction site in his neighborhood.

38:24Copy video clip URL Color bars.

38:33Copy video clip URL Cut to a “For Sale” sign on a fence for Francis Parquet and Co. Realtors.  Music is heard in the background. A young boy stands in front of the fence and is joined by other children. They enter the lot behind the fence.

39:42Copy video clip URL Cut to a building at Clybourn and Division. It is the building with the “peace in the hood” sign. A large group of people are gathered outside of it celebrating for a festival. Cut back to the “For Sale” sign. Four children sit on the curb in front of the sign. They start dancing. The girl among them tries to run away. Several cutaways in a row. Camera zooms on a group of men in the lot.

43:46Copy video clip URL Cut to the front of the Tranquility-Marskman building.

44:12Copy video clip URL Cut back to the empty lot and “For Sale” sign.

44:28Copy video clip URL Cut to a large group at the street festival.

45:49Copy video clip URL Outside the Ferguson Child Parent Center. People are grilling food on a barbecue.

48:04Copy video clip URL Cut to a group of people on the street surrounding a dance troupe. They are dancing to a Michael Jackson song.

50:16Copy video clip URL Cut to a barbecue smoking.  Several shots of charcoal and food being prepared.

51:35Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of the American flag with the skyline in the background. Pan left to the street festival. People start dancing to a hip hop song.

53:42Copy video clip URL Cut to the man interviewed earlier on the tape.

53:10Copy video clip URL Cut to a large group outside the Ferguson center. Many people are holding balloons.

55:47Copy video clip URL Cut to balloons in the sky. Children hold a boombox stereo at the festival. Dance troupe dances.

57:16Copy video clip URL Cut to children playing double dutch jump rope outside the Ferguson center.

1:00:54Copy video clip URL Cut to a young woman describing Marion Stamps: “She was my idol. When I needed her she was there. She inspired me…”

1:02:24Copy video clip URL End of tape.



  1. How long has this video been up. WOW!!! I wish you would have contacted one of her daughters about this.

  2. How long has this video been up. WOW!!! I wish you would have contacted one of her daughters about this. Daughters leaving the funeral at 14:06

  3. Peter Stanford says:

    I worked with Sister Stamps and Dr. Marksman at Tranquility Community Center in 1977. Strong warriors. RIP
    Peter Stanford

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