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Mahalia Jackson Park

  • 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60620 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6154

Located in the Auburn Gresham community, Mahalia Jackson Park totals1.41 acres and features   two ball fields, two basketball courts and a tennis court.

 

History

Mahalia Jackson (1911 – 1972), was a gospel singer who, during her lifetime, became famous throughout the world for her beautiful warm contralto voice. Born in New Orleans, her family exposed her to the city’s influential jazz and blues musicians such as Ma Rainey and King Oliver. Jackson moved to Chicago with a maternal aunt, Hannah Robinson. She had hoped to become a nurse, but found employment instead as a laundress. The following year, she became a member of the Johnson Gospel Singers, who performed at Baptist churches, festivals, and church conventions. After the group broke up in the 1930’s, she became associated with minister and pioneering gospel musician Thomas A. Dorsey. In 1937, she cut her first album on the Decca label, which hadn’t previously recorded gospel music. Her career began to take off about a decade later, when her hit “Move on up a Little Higher” sold nearly two million copies. She went on to record with Apollo Records and Columbia Records who in 1953 billed Jackson as “The World’s Greatest Gospel Singer.” In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Jackson played an important role in the Civil Rights movement. In 1961, she sang at President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball. She also helped organize and sang at several rallies and benefits in which Dr. Martin Luther King spoke. Park 386 is only four blocks away from Jackson’s home at 8358 S. Indiana which she purchased in 1956.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Mahalia Jackson Diamond

Mahalia Jackson Diamond

Location Notes: 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.

Mahalia Jackson Basketball

Mahalia Jackson Basketball

Location Notes: 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.

Mahalia Jackson School Park

Mahalia Jackson School Park

Location Notes: 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.

Mahalia Jackson Gymnasium

Mahalia Jackson Gymnasium

Location Notes: 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.

Mahalia Jackson Meeting Space

Mahalia Jackson Meeting Space

Location Notes: 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.

Mahalia Jackson Tennis Court

Mahalia Jackson Tennis Court

Location Notes: 8407 S. Kerfoot Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 8, 2014.

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Located in the Auburn Gresham community, Mahalia Jackson Park totals1.41 acres and features   two ball fields, two basketball courts and a tennis court.

 

Mahalia Jackson (1911 – 1972), was a gospel singer who, during her lifetime, became famous throughout the world for her beautiful warm contralto voice. Born in New Orleans, her family exposed her to the city’s influential jazz and blues musicians such as Ma Rainey and King Oliver. Jackson moved to Chicago with a maternal aunt, Hannah Robinson. She had hoped to become a nurse, but found employment instead as a laundress. The following year, she became a member of the Johnson Gospel Singers, who performed at Baptist churches, festivals, and church conventions. After the group broke up in the 1930’s, she became associated with minister and pioneering gospel musician Thomas A. Dorsey. In 1937, she cut her first album on the Decca label, which hadn’t previously recorded gospel music. Her career began to take off about a decade later, when her hit “Move on up a Little Higher” sold nearly two million copies. She went on to record with Apollo Records and Columbia Records who in 1953 billed Jackson as “The World’s Greatest Gospel Singer.” In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Jackson played an important role in the Civil Rights movement. In 1961, she sang at President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball. She also helped organize and sang at several rallies and benefits in which Dr. Martin Luther King spoke. Park 386 is only four blocks away from Jackson’s home at 8358 S. Indiana which she purchased in 1956.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.