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.
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