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Former Home of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm on Sale For $2.6 Million

The Congresswoman announced her intention to run for president in 1971.
The Crown Heights home of Shirley Chisholm, Brooklyn's  Congresswoman, is on sale for $2.6 million.

The Crown Heights home of Shirley Chisholm, a Congresswoman, is on sale for $2.6 million.

According to Brownstoner, Chisholm, the first Black woman to be elected to Congress, held strategy meetings for her 1972 presidential campaign from her home at 1028 St. Johns Place. 

Shirley and her husband Conrad Chisholm bought the house in December of 1968 and is one of several homes linked to her from childhood to her political career in adulthood. The Chisholm's sold the house 51 years ago in 1973, and it's been owned by the same family since then. 

The house was built in 1912 by the Kings & Westchester Company as part of a development that included the firm's Kinko Duplex houses facing Brooklyn Avenue and a row of single-family homes around the corner on St. Johns Place. 

Its architecture was advertised in 1913 as "Old English" and suitable for a modern family.

The sale of Chisolm's former home coincides with the feature film "Shirley" which is about her unprecedented presidential campaign. The biopic, starring Regina King, focuses on the 1971 Christmas party in which Chishlom announced her intention to run for president at her Brooklyn home.