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Raisin the Roof

Three bedrooms, one full bath, a spacious kitchen, and a location that has come to represent the end of racially restrictive housing covenants in the United States. From the outside, the three-flat apartment building at 6140 S. Rhodes Avenue is an ordinary-looking red building. But the everyday struggles of a black family who chose to move to this Woodlawn residence in the 1930s–despite the fact that it was an all-white neighborhood–inspired the story “A Raisin in the Sun,” which later became the first drama by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.