1908 Race Riot Walking Tour | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

1908 Race Riot Walking Tour

1 S. Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, Illinois 62701


Get ready to embark on a historic and emotion-filled journey through the events that have become known as “the Springfield Race Riot of 1908.” This is a self-guided walking tour that remembers one of Springfield's darker moments, the Race Riot of 1908. Racial tensions turned to mob violence in Springfield on August 14, 1908, and within 48 hours seven people were dead, 40 homes were ruined, and 24 businesses were destroyed. To begin your tour, stop by the Springfield Visitors Center (Lincoln-Herndon Law Office) for more information. Download our copy of the marker locations, by clicking here.

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

For more Springfield Black History, read our blog by clicking here.