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East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1700 Bond Avenue

Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, November 5, 2019
1. 1700 Bond Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Dr. Leroy Bundy lived here. He was a community leader in 1917. He stood trial and was found guilty of causing the riot. He was sentenced to life in prison. He was later exonerated by the Illinois Supreme Court.
 
Erected 2017 by The East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission & Cultural Initiative, the Meridian Society, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansLabor UnionsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Illinois, Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 2, 1917.
 
Location. 38° 36.551′ N, 90° 9.12′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Dr. M R Lemons Boulevard and Bond Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Dr. M R Lemons Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Bond Avenue, East Saint Louis IL 62207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truelight Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); 10th Street and Trendley Ave.
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By Jason Voigt, November 5, 2019
2. 1700 Bond Avenue Marker
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(approx. ¾ mile away); 10th Street and Piggott Ave. (approx. ¾ mile away); S. 8th St. and Brady Ave. (approx. 0.9 miles away); S. 8th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.9 miles away); 700 East Broadway (approx. one mile away); S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. one mile away); S. 5th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
 
Regarding 1700 Bond Avenue. Dr. Leroy Bundy, a dentist and a leader of the African American community, lived here and operated a service station at the intersection. He was an advocate for unionization of African American workers and inclusion in city government. He was accused of fomenting militant behavior in the South End and stood trial for causing the 1917 riot.

(Source: Malcolm McLaughlin, Power, Community, and Racial Killing in East St. Louis (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005) pp. 47, 94, 171-172)
 
Also see . . .  Leroy Bundy on Wikipedia. More information on Bundy. (Submitted on November 5, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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