One of the city’s most well-known journalists and advocates for social justice, Ida B. Wells is an important figure in Chicago history. Wells married journalist Ferdinand Lee Barnett in 1895, and from 1919-1929, the couple lived in a home on Grand Boulevard (now Dr. Martin Luther King Drive). Born into a slave family in Mississippi, Wells was an outspoken advocate for civil rights and women’s suffrage throughout her life. Now a private residence, the Wells-Barnett House was commemorated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974. It was recognized as a Chicago Landmark in 1995 and has a commemorative nameplate in front of the property.