The Jacob Blake Manor, at 1615 Emerson St. (Google Maps)

Jacob Blake, the man shot Sunday evening by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was the grandson of a prominent Evanston minister and spent much of his youth here.

Reports from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times say Blake, 29, initially was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, before moving to Evanston and attending Nichols Middle School and Evanston Township High School.

Relatives said he had moved to Kenosha about three years ago because it was a safer location.

Blake’s grandfather, also named Jacob Blake, was pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Evanston and was instrumental in the development of two senior housing projects here, the Ebenezer Primm Towers and the Jacob Blake Manor, which was named after him following his death in 1976.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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