Sweater #55


Wanting to take advantage of this truck sitting in the middle of a downtown park next to the library, I scouted around to find the ideal location for sweater #55.  The statue represented is that of Percy Julian who was a prominent chemist whose work in synthesizing chemicals from the calabar bean and soy bean plants helped millions of people. He was also one of the first African Americans to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  In addition, he resided in Oak Park from 1951 until his death in 1975.  Despite an arson attack and a bombing of his home, Julian was a pioneer in the racial integration of Oak Park.

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