Thursday, June 05, 2008

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to mark Springfield Race Riot anniversary

From AP...
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library plans to host an exhibit to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most violent race clashes in the country’s history.

The exhibit called “Something so Horrible: The Springfield Race Riot of 1908” will feature photos, letters written by eyewitnesses, newspaper clips and other memorabilia. It will open June 14, and admission will be free through October.

The riot began on August 14, 1908, after news that two black men being held at the Sangamon County Jail had been moved. A mob raged for two days, killing at least seven people and destroying many black-owned businesses and homes. Just two people were punished by the law.

The riot led to the creation of the NAACP.
If you want to know some more about the Springfield race riot of 1908 go for my previous post on this subject which contains a link to a program that aired on the Illinois Channel. Also this article was found via the Capitol Fax morning shorts.

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