Former President Barack Obama will take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for his presidential library on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Barack and Michelle Obama will be joined by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
The library is being constructed in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Jackson Park.
Obama stated in a video message that “We have worked together with people who care as much about this place as we do”, and said, “We have harnessed the collective talent from the South Side and together put the voices of the community at the center of our project.”
He said the library will be a “vision to the future”
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Our virtual groundbreaking celebrations at the Obama Presidential Center will be held on Monday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday Sept. 28, respectively.
— The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) September 24, 2021
The center will sit on 19 acres and include a museum, public library branch, athletic center, children’s play area and a test kitchen, according to The Associated Press.
Construction on the library began in August following years of legal battles. The park was stopped from being developed by environmentalists. According to Chicago Tribune, federal reviews were also completed for the park, making it part of the National Register of Historic Places.