Library Exhibit on the 1908 Springfield Race Riot

Oct 10, 2008

Throughout the month of October 2008, WIU's Malpass Library and the WIU Department of History are hosting a special traveling exhibit commemmorating the 100th anniversary of the 1908 Springfield, Illinois race riot. The traveling exhibit, "Summer of Hate: Remembering the Springfield Race Riot of 1908," is on loan to Malpass Library from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. The exhibit, created by high school students in the Summer Scholars Program at the Lincoln Library, presents an overview of the events, key players, and aftermath of the rioting in commemoration of the centennial of the event.

Dr. Peter Cole, Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Barclay Key, Assistant Professor of History, worked with Dr. Jeffery Darensbourg of the WIU Libraries to arrange for this special educational exhibit to come to WIU's Macomb campus. The Springfield Race Riot of 1908 produced murder, racially motivated assaults, and the destruction of the homes and businesses of many of the city's African-American residents. The riot also captured the attention of both the nation and the world and inspired the creation of the civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the following year.

In conjunction with the opening of the Lincoln Library's "Summer of Hate" traveling exhibit, a presentation entitled "Fighting as We Build: African Americans Constructing Community and Resisting Racial Violence in Illinois, 1890-1919" was given at Malpass Library on October 9 by Dr. Sundiata Cha-Jua of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The WIU Department of History does not endorse any political candidate nor is any endorsement of guest speakers' political views implied or expressed. This policy is in accordance with generally accepted professional and ethical standards.

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