The Chronocar

An Urban Adventure in Time

Imagine being born the son of a slave with the mind of a genius. That was Simmie Johnson in the years following the Civil War. After a perilous escape from lynch mobs in Mississippi, he manages to earn a PhD in physics at Tuskegee, and in his research, discovers the secret of time travel. He develops a design for a time machine, called a Chronocar, but the technology required to make it work does not yet exist. So he publishes his theories and plans in an obscure science journal.

Fast forward a hundred and twenty-five years. A young African American Illinois Tech student in Chicago finds Dr. Johnson’s plans and builds a Chronocar. He goes back to the year 1919 to visits the now middle-aged Dr. Johnson and his beautiful daughter, Ollie, who live in Chicago’s Black Belt, now known as Bronzeville. But, he arrives at the time of the Red Summer Race Riots, and personal and historical adventures unfold.