East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
N. 18th St. and Parsons 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 24.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. 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° 37.581′ N, 90° 8.05′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of North 18th Street and Parsons Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North 18th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 927 North 18th Street, 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. 1010 Pennsylvania Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); N. 9th St. & St. Clair Ave. (approx. 0.6 miles away); N. 9th St. and Gross Ave. (approx. N. 13th St. and Nectar Ave. (approx. 0.7 miles away); 621 N. 9th Street (approx. 0.7 miles away); Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue (approx. 1.3 miles away); S. 8th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 1.3 miles away); 700 East Broadway (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
Regarding N. 18th St. and Parsons Ave.. Several homes were burned in this area, as rioters made one last push to destroy African American homes as midnight approached. Fatalities were few here, as many African Americans already were alerted to trouble by this time and fled the neighborhood.
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 74 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.