Black History Verified: A Family of Firsts

Meet Chicago's Pioneering Pollard Family

When John and Amanda Pollard moved to Roger’s Park in 1886, they became the first Black family in Roger’s Park. There they raised 7 trailblazing children—including the first Black NFL coach and the first woman to earn an undergraduate degree from Northwestern. Now, their great-great grandson Fritz Pollard III and his daughter, Meredith, work to honor their family’s legacy.