How We Were Named

Chicago was first founded in the late 1700’s by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Dusable was an African America  pioneer that traveled throughout the Midwest throughout the 1770s-80’s. He decided to settle in Chicago after leaving Michigan, and created a home on the mouth of the Chicago River.  Dusable elected to name his settlement “Fort Dearborn.”

Point du Sable is the earliest recorded resident of the settlement close to the mouth of the Chicago River that grew to become the city of Chicago. Hence, he has become known as the “Founder of Chicago”.  In Chicago, to honor this adventurer, a museum, harbor, park and bridge have been named, or renamed, in his honor; and the place where he settled at the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1780s is recognized as a National Historic Landmark, now located in Pioneer Court.

In this present day, many schools and landmarks have been named in honor of Dusable.  In 1965 a plaza called Pioneer Court was built on the site of Point du Sable’s homestead as part of the construction of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America building.  DuSable High School opened in Bronzeville in 1934. The Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Homesite was designated as a National Historic Landmark on May 11, 1976, and the DuSable Museum of African American History, located on Chicago’s South Side, which was renamed in honor of Point du Sable in 1968.

The Dearborn Realtist® Board is proud and honored to name our Realtist® Board after the founding point of Chicago, and hope to carry on the heroism that was shown by Dusable in chartering unknown territories in our fight for Democracy and equality in housing throughout the Chicagoland area.