East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
N. 13th St. and Nectar Ave.
Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot
Erected 2017 by The East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission & Cultural Initiative, the Meridian Society, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. (Marker Number 23.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Illinois, Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1917.
Location. 38° 38.123′ N, 90° 7.763′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Nectar Avenue and North 14th Street, on the left when traveling east on Nectar Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1330 Nectar Avenue, East Saint Louis IL 62205, 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. N. 9th St. and Gross Ave. (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); N. 18th St. and Parsons Ave. (approx. 0.7 miles away); N. 9th St. & St. Clair Ave. (approx. 1010 Pennsylvania Avenue (approx. one mile away); 621 N. 9th Street (approx. 1.1 miles away); Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fairmont City (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Fairmont City Library Center (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
Regarding N. 13th St. and Nectar Ave.. About fifteen houses were destroyed in this neighborhood, though it is more than two miles away from the core of the massacre. As firefighters arrived to extinguish flames in one area, rioters moved to start fires in another. St. Louis firefighters were called to help about 9 p.m. As they made progress fighting fires in the downtown area, rioters had moved to this neighborhood about 11 p.m.
Sources: Elliott Rudwick, "Race Riot at East St. Louis-1917" p. 49, Asheville [NC] Citizen, July 3, 1917, pp. 1-2
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.