Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Street Address: 
E 29th St. (on the lakefront)
Chicago, IL

"Chicago Daily News Photos." Chicago History. Vol. VI, No. 2 (Winter 1960-1961): 33.
Call No. Local History Ref F548.1.C465 (2nd floor open shelf).

On July 27, 1919, trouble broke out when a policeman refused to arrest a white man who had allegedly drowned an African American man. Within two hours there was an outbreak of uncontrollable rioting in several parts of the city. The violence (which ended up meriting state troop involvement) subsided August 8th with 38 dead, 537 injured, and 1,000 homeless.



1919 - 1919

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