Foto Friday: Springfield Race Riot

In honor of Black History Month, 2 Dope Sistahs will be posting pictures of our visits to historical sites for Foto Friday. We begin today, one day early, with photos I took in Springfield, Illinois, home of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Springfield, Illinois was the site of a race riot in August 1908. The outrage from the riot led to the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909.

A scene from the Springfield Race Riot

A scene from the Springfield Race Riot

Please click here for more on the history of the race riot.

"Acts of Intolerance"

“Acts of Intolerance”

This sculpture by Preston Jackson was inspired by photographs of the riot’s aftermath.

Springfield Race Riot marker

Springfield Race Riot marker

Historical marker, Union Square Park, Springfield, Illinois.

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Close-up of sculpture.

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Close-up of sculpture.

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