Springfield Race Riot, Court House Guards

Title

Springfield Race Riot, Court House Guards

Subject

African Americans
Illinois--Springfield
Race riots
Militia
Rifles
Courthouses

Description

Six men with rifles in hand guard the Springfield Court House grounds during the Springfield Race Riot of 1908. On August 14, 1908, a white mob approached the Springfield city jail demanding two African American men who were reported to have committed crimes against white citizens. The rioting began when the mob figured out that the two men had already been removed from the city by the police. Two African Americans were killed, several businesses were destroyed, and many homes were burned before the state militia intervened.

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1908-08-14

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Format

jpg

Language

en

Identifier

401010
Robert Ide Collection

Original Format

commercial print
b&w
1

Physical Dimensions

7 x 15 cm

Citation

“Springfield Race Riot, Court House Guards,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed January 17, 2022, https://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/18512.