Harold Washington Close Open Blog Post Harold Washington, In His Own Words Chicago's Mayor Washington was a great orator. Research and read his speeches in CPL's new digital collection. Close Open Blog Post Quiz: How Well Do You Know Harold Washington? Celebrate Mayor Washington's birthday and his legacy with this quiz from our Special Collections staff. Close Open Blog Post The Day Harold Washington Became Mayor Harold Washington was sworn into office as Chicago's first African American mayor 35 years ago on April 29, 1983. Archival Collections Close Open Archival Collection Legislative Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs Major topics covered in these records include transportation and Chicago’s anti-apartheid and divestment from South Africa efforts. Close Open Archival Collection Real Estate Review Committee: Harold Washington This Committee managed a wide range of city-owned properties, from acquisition to disposition. Close Open Archival Collection Videocassette Collection: Harold Washington Created by the Press Office, these tapes are generally recordings of television broadcasts by the local news stations. Digital Collections Close Open Remembering Harold Washington Digital Collection Chicago’s first African American mayor served from 1983 to 1987, and his legacy endures. Close Open Harold Washington: Selected Speeches Digital Collection The gifted orator spoke at many public and private events, especially during his mayoral administration, 1983-1987. More About Harold Washington Close Open Exhibit Honors Chicago Mayor Harold Washington Learn more about Chicago's 42nd and first African American mayor in this permanent exhibit, Called to the Challenge. Close Open Mayor Harold Washington Biography Learn about Chicago's first African American mayor, 1922-1987.