DuSable Museum’s Future Appears Troubled, Despite Community Developments By Cassiette West-Williams

More than eight individuals have recently resigned from the country’s oldest African American museum, without discussing their concerns regarding the future of the museum publicly.

The Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was established to pay tribute to the founder of Peoria and Chicago, by a public school teacher and her supportive husband 57 years ago. The museum is reportedly struggling to maintain its presence in the country.

Founded in 1961 by Charles and Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs with 100 art pieces in their living room, the historic building now have more than 100,000 articles of work, as it sits in Washington Park. The location is important, as the upcoming Obama Presidential Center will be located in Jackson Park, and are connected by the Midway Plaisance.

 According to the Chicago Tribune, the Museum has operated with  a $1.3 million deficit with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Some of the prominent board members who left the museum in their office include:  Board chairman Joyce Johnson-Miller, Michael Gibson, Theaster Gates, Kimberly McCullough-Starks, Wilbur Milhouse III, Dr. Eric Whitaker, Ken Bennett and Chancelor Bennett (the father-son team of Grammy award-winning artist Chance the Rapper).

Up and coming business artist Gates  owns the The Stony Island Bank building, which is more than 17,000 square feet and the “chic” place to be in the city. Just last month, President Barack Obama held his fellows program there, where Gates has recently invested more than $65 million in the bank building.

When Burroughs made her transition in 2010, she was the executive director and director emeritus of the museum, reports of this nature were not exposed about this historic institution.