Brooks Memorial Park Project


Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Level ($2,000+)
Your name will be included on a park bench demonstrating your leading influence in creating this historic space.

Gold Level ($1,000-$1,999)
Your name will be included on a distinguished donor plaque honoring your generosity as a lead donor to bring this project to fruition.

Silver Level ($500-$999)
Your name will be added to a group plaque to signify your involvement as a donor to this important project.

Bronze Level ($100-$499)
Your name will be inscribed on a brick which will be incorporated into the project for all to see.

Gwendolyn Brooks Plaza rendering

Western Illinois University invites you to join us in celebrating one of our most historic cultural areas on campus. We are seeking your support to complete a new park area on the site of the original Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Park Project progress

As of November 14, 2018 $26,340.09 has been raised for the Gwendolyn Brooks Memorial Park Project.

For more than 40 years the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center provided a safe haven for our African American students who wished to study, converse and gather together. The Center was located adjacent to the Alumni Center and across West Adams Street from Lake Ruth.

Our goal to complete this project is $50,000. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Your gift at one of the sponsorship levels ensures your name will become a permanent fixture of this historic site at Western Illinois University. Please consider a gift to support the Gwendolyn Brooks Park Project today!

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