Located in the Chatham neighborhood, Brown Memorial Park is a wonderful recreational destination enjoyed by community families. This park features a tennis court, softball diamonds as well as open space for picnics and more.
The Chicago Park District purchased nearly seven acres for this Chatham area playground in 1967. When park development began the following year, the site was picketed by angry residents, who had expected a park double the size. Though the park district was unable to acquire the additional land, improvements went forward. In 1990, the park district named the site for Sidney Brown (1951-1983), the first African-American firefighter to die in the line of duty in Chicago. Brown, who began his career as a firefighter in 1978, served with Engine Company 75 on the city's south side. As a "hydrant man" who connected hoses to fire hydrants, he was often the last firefighter to enter an engulfed building. Brown died on August 9, 1983, when he rushed into a burning house, hoping to save three children believed to be trapped there.
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