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‘Portraits of a Community’ opens

Delores Holmes

A photo exhibit featuring over two dozen portraits of members of Evanston’s African American community opens Thursday evening.

The opening reception at the Boocoo cultural center at Church Street and Dodge Avenue starts at 7 p.m.

Subjects of the photos include Mayor Lorraine Morton and Alderman Delores Holmes (shown above), and other community residents from a variety of walks of life.

The work of three Evanston photographers — Rich Foreman, Genie Lemieux and Debi Chess Mabie — are represented in the show.

The exhibit has been organized by Shorefront, a non-profit organization that focuses on the more than 150-year history of black communities in Chicago’s north shore suburbs.

Shorefront organizer Dino Robinson says the exhibit, which is intended to grow and evolve over time, showcases "peope who have and will make changes in everyone’s daily life, now and in the future."

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