Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago and a celebrated artist, died Nov. 22 at 93. Her death spawned a number of remembrances from the nation’s policymakers, including President Barack Obama, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., and Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun.

“Words cannot express what I feel on the passing of Dr. Margaret Borroughs,” said Rush. “She was…a historian for a lost and often disregarded people and a champion for those whose voices often go unheard… “I think I’m in shock because it seems we are losing so many of our ancient landmarks.” The congressman went on to recall the recent deaths of gospel music icon Albertina Walker and Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, both famous Chicagoans. ?President Obama also noted Burroughs’ contributions to American culture, calling her an esteemed “artist, historian, educator and mentor…also admired for her generosity and commitment to underserved community through her children’s books, art workshops and community centers.”

Braun called the longtime city resident a visionary and pioneer. “She provided an invaluable example of leadership, strength and persistence. She inspired others to use their talents to serve the African-American community, and her legacy will continue to inspire and enlighten us for years to come,” said Braun.

Burroughs was born in St. Rose, La., in 1917 but moved with her family to Chicago’s south side in 1922. She worked as a high school art teacher, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and established the DuSable Museum of African American History in 1961 with her husband, Charles.