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Construction of the Barack Obama Center Barack Obama Center was stopped when a noose was discovered on the worksite.
“This shocking act of cowardice, hatred and cowardice is designed to draw attention and to divide us. Our top priority is to ensure the safety and health of our employees,” the Obama Foundation stated in an official statement. “We have notified authorities who are investigating the incident.”
The Barack Obama Presidential Center is an architectural structure planned for Jackson Park, Chicago set to celebrate the Obama presidency Obama and serve as a landmark symbol of hope.
According to the site, “The Obama Presidential Center represents a historic opportunity to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady on the South Side of Chicago.”
The company that is responsible for the site’s construction, Lakeside Alliance, shared the details in an email, according to Chicago Tribune.
“We reported the incident to the police and will provide any assistance required to identify those responsible,” the team said in an email statement.
“We have no tolerance for any kind of discrimination or hatred on our site. Anti-bias training is part of our onboarding process and reinforced at our weekly sitewide gatherings. We have suspended all activities on the site in order to offer another set of these trainings and discussions for all employees and employees,” the statement said.
Lakeside Alliance is a partnership formed by four construction firms owned by blacks: Brown & Momen, Powers & Sons Construction, Safeway Construction and UJAMAA Construction — and the primary construction contractor Turner Construction. The company began construction in 2021 and plans to have the project launching in 2025.
The group offers a reward of $100,000 for information that leads to the responsible party.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker wrote on Twitter “Hate is not a valid reason to live in Illinois. The noose is much more than an emblem of racism. It’s an ominous reminder of the terror and violence that has been inflicted upon Black Americans for centuries.