Black History Month: 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

February 24, 2024
& 2:30pm

Lincoln-Herndon Law Office/Springfield Visitors Center
1 South Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield

Free (Advanced Registration Required)

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IDNR staff will offer a Downtown Race Riot Walking Tour, beginning and ending in the Visitor Center inside the Lincoln Herndon law Office (Sixth and Adams). Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Participants will walk downtown Springfield streets with a state historic sites team member and learn about a summer weekend in 1908 when violent mobs terrorized Springfield's African American citizens. We will share stories not only of hatred and devastation but of courage and resilience in the face of concerted attack. The 1.5-mile walking tour takes a little over one hour. Hot cocoa will be available to guests following the hike inside the visitor center.