Thursday, February 07, 2008

Illinois awards grant for sculpture to mark race riot

This was story on today's Capitol Fax morning shorts...
It's been almost 100 years since a race riot left seven dead in Springfield, and the state has awarded a $300,000 grant for a sculpture in commemoration.

The sculpture is to be made by Peoria artist and Art Institute of Chicago professor Preston Jackson. It's slated to be unveiled during the NAACP's state convention in Springfield in October.

The race riots began in August of 1908 after a white mob turned on black residents after an attempt to lynch two black inmates in the Sangamon County jail. The rioting also left hundreds injured and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed.

The grant was awarded yesterday by the Capital Development Board's Art in Architecture program.
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