On May 27, 2017, the East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commissioners will host a reception to raise funds to erect a permanent monument to commemorate those that were lost and displaced during the “Race Riot” of 1917. This tragic event took place in the industrial city of East St. Louis, Illinois, over May 28 - July 2-3, 1917, where roving mobs rampaged through the city day and night, burning the homes and businesses of African Americans, stopping street cars, pulling victims into the street and assaulting and murdering men, women and children who they happened to encounter.
To commemorate the centennial of this tragic event in American History, the East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commissioners are working with Bi-State Development Agency and the National Park Service to erect two (2) permanent monuments to honor those who suffered during this “pogrom”. One will be located at the base of the Eads Bridge, of which many African American crossed fleeing for their lives. The second one will be located at/near the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, which is where the vast majority of African Americans lived and perished.
The reception will take place Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 5pm at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd, Building D, East St. Louis, Illinois. There will be music and Hors d’oeuvres along with a short program discussing the design and location of the monument. This date coincides with the centennial of the first disturbance on May 28, 1917.
For more information and to register, click here.
The East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission and Cultural Initiative, established in 2014, will begin our formal 100-year commemoration of the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot with a conference Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center located at 601 James Thompson Blvd., East St. Louis, IL.
The Conference schedule is as follows:
Local high school students are invited to be a part of this historic conference by submitting original written works reflecting on the conference theme The City that Survives: Commemorating the Past, Preparing for the future.
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To register for the conference, click here.
Thanks to all who attended yesterday's reception. To view the BND coverage, go to this link - http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article135052574.html
Due to inclement weather, the ESTL 1917 CCCI has postponed tomorrow's reception. Stay tuned for more details about the new date in February 2017.
Area Leaders Join in the Announcing of the E. St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission and Cultural Initiative's Plans for 2017
On November 30, 2016, the East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission and Cultural Initiative, a nonprofit organization, assembled on the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus with regional leaders, media, and community members to announce its plans for the commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the 1917 Race Riots in East St. Louis, IL. For more information, explore our website, www.estl1917ccci.org.
LEADERS TO ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 1917 EAST ST. LOUIS RACE RIOTS
[East St. Louis, IL] On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., the East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission and Cultural Initiative (CCCI) will be announcing its plan to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of one of the most horrific race riots in the history of the United States of America.
Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: SIUE East St. Louis Center, Building D, Room 2002
Address: 601 James R. Thompson Boulevard, East St. Louis, IL 62201
The press conference will consist of remarks from:
The CCCI was established in October of 2014 by the East St. Louis City Council. It members is comprised of scholars, artists, educators, and religious, community, and business leaders. For more information, visit www.estl1917ccci.org.
All are welcome to attend.
Please be sure to join us in our formal announcement of the East St. Louis 1917 Centennial to the community and media outlets. The Press Conference will be scheduled to take place in November 2016, at the SIUE - East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, Building D.