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Preston Jackson monument in Union Square Park - 6th and Madison St.

7th and Washington St.

Downtown Walking Tour

1908 Race Riots

In August, 1908, a Springfield mob erupted in a violent race riot,
focused on destroying black neighborhoods and businesses and causing
the deaths of seven people. This horrific and disturbing story is told via
a series of markers along a self-guided walking tour in downtown
Springfield. The 2008 A Year of Reconciliation Walking Tour begins
at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.
The tragedy is commemorated with a cast bronze sculpture by famed
artist, Preston Jackson, in Union Square Park.
People across the nation were shocked by this riot, and it was bitter irony
that it had occurred in Springfield, Illinois, the hometown of Abraham
Lincoln. Civil rights activists believed that if it could happen in Springfield,
it could happen anywhere, and it led to the creation of the NAACP.
Stop by the Visit Springfield office at 109 N. Seventh Street to pick up
your copy of the Race Riot of 1908 brochure and map.
2nd and Monroe St.

Old State Capitol Plaza

(800) 545-7300

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