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1908 Race Riot Sculpture Dedication

In August, 2009 a sculpture was dedicated to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Springfield, Illinois 1908 Race Riot. The sculpture has scenes from the 1908 Race Riot which began August 14, 1908. The two pieces of bronze depicts the burned out gables of a home. The aftermath of the Race Riot led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The sculpture was conceived by then NAACP Branch president, Ken Page. His vision led him to work with the Illinois Capitol Development Board to secure $300,000.00 for the sculpture that was designed by world renowned artist, Preston Jackson. The sculpture stands in Union Square Park on the campus of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

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