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Chicagoans Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outside Her Son’s Edgewater Record Label Office

Cedille Records, founded by Jim Ginsburg, will care for memorials left in honor of the late Supreme Court justice.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is memorialized at her son's record company headquarters in Edgewater.
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EDGEWATER — Chicagoans mourning the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg are using the Edgewater offices of her son’s record label to pay respects to the late Supreme Court justice.

Following Ginsburg’s death at 87 from pancreatic cancer Friday, neighbors memorialized the women’s rights advocate and legal giant outside the offices of Cedille Records, 1205 W. Balmoral Ave.

Cedille Records is a not-for-profit classical music record company founded in 1989 by Jim Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice’s son.

Those seeking to honor Ginsburg have left flowers, photos and chalk messages outside Cedille Records. The record company has left a message on its door, saying it will check daily for items left and will work to preserve the memorial.

“In addition to her historic work as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s support and enthusiasm for the arts and arts organizations, including Cedille Records, has been transformative and inspirational,” the record company said in a statement on its website. “Our thoughts are with the Ginsburg family today.”

A message in chalk written outside the office says “may her memory be a blessing.”

“May her memory be for a revolution” one sign outside Cedille Records reads. [Joe Ward/Block Club Chicago]

The Cook County Democratic Party of the 49th Ward left a sign outside the offices that honors Ginsburg and provides a QR code that directs people to register to vote.

“May her memory be for a revolution,” the sign reads.

Another sign, just inside the doors of Cedille, says “Rest now, Justice Ginsburg. We’ve got it from here. Thank you for your service” and appears to be signed by a group of young girls.

Ginsburg’s children Jim and Jane grew up in New York but are both graduates of University of Chicago, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote.

While in college, Jim hosted a classical music program on the student-run radio station, according to reports. He enrolled in University of Chicago’s law school but dropped out to launch Cedille Records, the Sun-Times wrote.

Cedille Records in 2018 produced “Notorious RBG in Song,” an album celebrating the life of the Supreme Court justice.

Credit: Joe Ward/Block Club Chicago
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is memorialized at her son’s record company headquarters in Edgewater.

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