Maxey’s Mansion

  • Maxey's Mansion

Alva Maxey-Boyd defied race covenants, urban renewal bulldozers, and two Mayor Daleys, in a seven-decade battle to get and keep her gorgeous 19th-century mansion – only to be left as the last resident on her block of Chicago’s South Prairie Avenue. Her epic story suggests, once again, that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Historical readings by Phil Ridarelli and John Hildreth. Alva Maxey-Boyd dies in 2009.  The Woods-Boyd mansion is now protected under Chicago’s landmark law.