1908 race riot site could become National Historic Monument

A central Illinois congressman has introduced a measure to designate the site of 1908 race riots in Springfield as a National Historic Monument.

Posted: Jan. 6, 2019 8:18 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois congressman has introduced a measure to designate the site of 1908 race riots in Springfield as a National Historic Monument.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says the site is an important part of the history of Springfield and the nation. He says the designation will ensure the site's history "is nationally recognized and preserved."

A white mob destroyed black-owned businesses and homes in Springfield during the riots. Two black men were lynched. The events prompted civil rights activists in New York to hold meetings, leading to the formation of the NAACP.

The remains of some of the destroyed homes were found during a 2014 construction project.

The National Park Service has agreed to conduct a preliminary assessment of the site, which is typically required for a designation.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 53°
Robinson
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 55°
Indianapolis
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 54°
Rockville
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 53°
Casey
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 54°
Brazil
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 53°
Marshall
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 53°
Occasional showers, cloudy and cool.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

West Vigo baseball

Image

ISU softball

Image

Northview baseball

Image

Wednesday Late Forecast

Image

New bike share program at ISU

Image

Credit Union hosts shred day

Image

Digging up the Past

Image

Finishing pieces of North Central High School benches honoring students killed in crash unveiled

Image

Vigo County Jail forum

Image

Gaming bill passes Indiana House

WTHI Events