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

S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave.

Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot

 
 
S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 5, 2019
1. S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. Marker
Inscription.  Over 100 African Americans barricaded in two homes here. They provided armed resistance to the white attackers. Soldiers brokered a cease fire and escorted them to St. Louis.
 
Erected 2017 by The East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission & Cultural Initiative, the Meridian Society, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois, Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot marker series.
 
Location. 38° 37.332′ N, 90° 9.697′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on Railroad Avenue 0.1 miles east of South 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. It is on the grounds of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's East St. Louis Center, facing the courtyard and main buildings. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 James R Thompson Boulevard, East Saint Louis IL 62201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S. 5th St. and Railroad Ave. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 700 East Broadway (about
S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 5, 2019
2. S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave. Marker
700 feet away); S. 8th St. and Brady Ave. (about 800 feet away); S. 4th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. 0.2 miles away); S. 4th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.2 miles away); S. 8th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named S. 4th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.2 miles away); N. 4th St. and Division Ave. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
 
Regarding S. 6th St. and Railroad Ave.. At 7:30 p.m. on the evening of the massacre, over 100 African Americans barricaded themselves in two homes. They were armed and resisted the white rioters - so much so that the rioters complained to the Illinois National Guard standing nearby. An officer lectured the rioters, "they are playing the game the way you are." He arranged a cease-fire and the African Americans were escorted to St. Louis.

Source: Elliott Rudwick, "Race Riot at East St. Louis-1917" p. 53
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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