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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fourth and Monroe Streets

Site of Payne's Hardware

— 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour —

 
 
Fourth and Monroe Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2022
1. Fourth and Monroe Streets Marker
Inscription.  On August 15, 1908, at about 7:00 p.m., the mob reassembled and stopped briefly at Payne's Hardware Store to obtain a length of clothesline rope. The rope was intended to be used for hanging William Donnegan, a seventy-six-year-old retired black shoemaker.

The 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour starts at Union Square Park, Fifth and Jefferson Streets.

The Sixth Marker is Located at Second and Monroe Streets.


(reverse:)

"I believe our sorrow can make us a better country. I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace. Weeping may endure for a night but I'm convinced joy comes in the morning."

Barack Obama
44th President of the United States
 
Erected 2018 by City of Springfield and the NAACP. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is August 15, 1908.
 
Location. 39° 47.973′ N, 89° 39.003′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on East
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Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 E Monroe St, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 223 South Fifth Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Leaping Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Illinois State Register (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Campaign Poles (about 400 feet away); Streetscape 1859 (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Streetscape 1859 (about 500 feet away); Lincoln's Dentist (about 500 feet away); Curran's Jewelry Shop (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
More about this marker. This is one of eight markers that highlight the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield. All have the same format, and are triple-sided. The front contains historical text and the City of Springfield logo, one side with the NAACP logo and a quote from either Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama. The other side says "Springfield's Race Riot of 1908"
 
Also see . . .  Springfield race riot of 1908 on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 15, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
Additional keywords. racial injustice, acts of
Fourth and Monroe Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2022
2. Fourth and Monroe Streets Marker
reverse side
terrorism
 
Fourth and Monroe Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2022
3. Fourth and Monroe Streets Marker
The Illinois State Capitol building can be seen in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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