Oak Parker Lonnie Bunch, president of the Chicago Historical Society, has been chosen to head a yet-to-be-built Smithsonian museum on African-American history.
Bunch, profiled in these pages March 10, 2004, was the first African-American president of the CHS, and called the Smithsonian, "the most glorious place one could ever work."
He told the Chicago Tribune last week that while his work at the Historical Society nurtured his soul, the Smithsonian opportunity "was work that would nurture the soul of my ancestors, and that is too powerful to turn down."
The Tribune reported that the new African-American history museum would cost $300 million to $400 million, and would not be open for 15 years.
Bishop Braxton moves to Belleville
The former pastor of St. Catherine/St. Lucy parish is returning to Illinois to serve as bishop of Belleville.
Edward Braxton was pastor at St. Kate's from 1990-1995, and arrived during the Sister Teresita controversy, in which a female pastoral associate was found to be taking on liturgical duties that were traditionally off-limits to women. Braxton's parents lived in the parish at the time.
In 1995, he was named auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, then in 2000, bishop of Lake Charles, La.
Last week we incorrectly reported that the $50 million cost transit improvements to the Blue Line stations was not included in the projected costs of capping the Eisenhower Expressway. The $50 million is incorporated.
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