1908 Race Riot Mural | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

1908 Race Riot Mural

400 N. 9th St. Springfield, Illinois 62701

Monday - Friday: 7 am - 5 pm



A multi-media mural that captures the events of the Springfield 1908 Race Riot and also highlights key individuals, including individuals that were part of the establishment of the NAACP. Along with the story of the riot itself, it also tells the story of the establishment of the NAACP. Along with visual storytelling, it has a beautiful centerpiece done by acclaimed artist Preston Jackson, showing the Hospital Sisters caring for the victims of the Race Riot. Just outside is a beautiful sculpture of a dove, by Gianfranco Tassara, that represents peace and healing in commemoration of the race riot. HSHS St. John's Hospital Women & Children's Clinic is just north of the location of a recently discovered foundation of homes that were burned during the riot.

Learn more about the history of the 1908 Race Riot by clicking here.

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