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24 April 2011

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When my mother and I saw that picture about a decade ago at the Chicago Historical Society, she said she knew three of those little boys, and that at the time, Easter Sunday 1941, she lived in that apartment building on the left behind the pic on South Park, which was probably Grand Boulevard at the time, and is now Martin Luther King Drive. It looks like they were in front of the Savoy, which was the next door south of the old Regal Theatre.

The church steeple on the right hand side in the background would be Corpus Christi, where I attended elementary school until leaving the 7th grade in 1963.

Bruce, thanks very much for your comments. It's wonderful to hear from someone who has a personal connection with the photos and who can provide some background information.

Mr. Lee I hope you don't mind but I plan to celebrate you photo by taking a photo of my 2 sons and 3 newphew standing in front of my dad'a 1967 Mercedes. I love this photo a have been intrigued from the first time I saw it.

MY MOTHER PURCHASED THIS PHOTO FOR ME A FEW YEARS AGO FOR CHRISTMAS AND IT IS HUNG UP IN MY LIVING ROOM .. QUITE OFTEN I FIND MYSELF AND MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY GAZING AT THE PICTURE AS IF WE ARE TRYING TO TRAVEL BACK INTO TO THAT MOMENT IN TIME. IT IS TRULY A PROFOUND PEICE. EVERYTIME SOMEONE COMES TO MY HOUSE (ESPECIALLY MY MOM) THEY RENAME THE PICTURE. MY MOM CALLS IT "MY UNCLES" AND SAYS THAT IT REPRESENTS EACH ONE OF HER MOTHER'S BROTHERS AS BOYS. I AM CURRENTLY WORKING ON A PAPER FOR SCHOOL AND I CHOSE THE BRONZEVILLE AREA BEING MY TOPIC AND YOUR PORTRAIT WAS MY INSPIRATION.

My husband and I picked up the photo of the five African American boys while visiting downtown Milwaukee. A bar owner was closing the bar his dad used to own. This photo always draws attention when people enter our home. We are curious; are any still alive? Is is possible to know their names? It is a fantastic picture!

Hello, Doris. Thanks for your comment.

It's certainly a wonderful photograph. I'm not aware, however, of anyone who has ever identified the boys.

I have this photo hanging in my Chicago office, a scholarship organization dedicated to helping Black and Hispanic students gain better access to college. It inspires me. It seems that, in light of the power of social media, someone could put out the word and find out what happened to each of these promising young men. They certainly looked like the world was their oyster on that bright Easter morning.

I've been a member of st edmunds for well over 20 years. I've had such a good time viewing these pictures. A small insignificant correction though. The old church was actually on 58th Indiana. The old church still stands, but it's no longer episcopal. I still live in his area. I wish I knew who those boys were. I have the picture in my home. It was taken well before my mother was born, but it makes me wsh we still lived in times, where young men, and womn dressed like this. I'm not sure how true this is, but the man I purchased the photo from says he met the daughter of the boy front and center. He didn't collect any information unfortunately.

My name is Keith Little and I believe that one of the Twins was my neighbor(Dr. Samuel Hall). He pasted away in 1987. I remember seeing a picture of him and his Twins brother dressed in the same kind of suit. He was a very wonder man.He always had a smile on his face and would have good advice for anyone who needed it. He lived at 5023 s. Indiana til his homecoming.

Hi Keith Little
I mhave been so intrigued with this picture over the years. The information you gave about the set of twins really makes me believe that the boys grew up in Chicago with their families and remained until their death if all are dead. It would be so nice if Oprah Winfrey could televise this photo for someone to come forward.

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