OG: Jean Baptiste Point du Sable

Jean Baptiste du Sable, first settler of Chicago, Illinois

OG commemorates pioneering men of color throughout history. Do we really need to explain the acronym?

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (1750-1818), was a Haitian-born trader and pioneer, most famous for being the first non-Native American to settle in what would letter be named Chicago, Illinois. Du Sable established his farm and trading post near the mouth of the Chicago River in 1790, predating the government-built Fort Dearborn settlement by over a decade.

Today, the DuSable Museum of African American History stands bearing his name in Chicago, with the mission to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African-Americans through exhibitions, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African-American history, culture and art.

By Adam Tolliver

Adam Tolliver, an Atlanta native, is a serial entrepreneur with a professional background in banking and sales. Endlessly fascinated with achievement and personal development, his chief aim is to leverage the talents and resources of the underserved to attain a level of community self-sufficiency.