Official Springfield Illinois Visitors Guide - 2018 - 9
SITES & ATTRACTIONS
Acts of Intolerance Sculpture in Union Square Park - 6 th and Madison St.
Downtown Walking Tour
1908 RACE RIOTS
In August, 1908, a Springfield mob erupted in a
violent race riot and focused on destroying the black
neighborhoods and businesses in the community.
This resulted in seven people losing their lives. This
horrific and disturbing story is told through 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
The tragedy is commemorated with a cast bronze
Acts of Intolerance 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.
This riot led to the creation of the NAACP.
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