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

Second and Monroe Streets

Site of State Arsenal

— 1908 Race Riot Walking Tour —

 
 
Second and Monroe Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2022
1. Second and Monroe Streets Marker
Inscription.  The State Arsenal was used as a safe haven for many black families. The mob's intended assault on the Arsenal's sanctuary on August 15, 1908, was thwarted by the presence of military guards. The militia had been called to action earlier by Governor Charles Deneen. The frustrated mob then headed for William Donnegan's residence several blocks away at Spring and Edward Streets.

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

The Seventh Marker is Located at Spring and Edwards Streets.

(reverse:)

"The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States
 
Erected 2018 by City of Springfield and the NAACP. (Marker Number 6.)
 
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° 47.977′ N, 89° 39.213′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois
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, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and East Monroe Street, on the right when traveling south on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 S 2nd 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. Spanish American War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The State Capitol (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Globe Tavern (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Globe Tavern (about 800 feet away); Robert Stuart Fitzgerald Boyhood Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fourth and Monroe Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Final Journey (approx. 0.2 miles away); Illinois State Register (approx. 0.2 miles 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.
Second and Monroe Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2022
2. Second and Monroe Streets Marker
reverse side
racial injustice, acts of terrorism
 
Second and Monroe Streets Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, June 11, 2022
3. Second and Monroe Streets Marker
 
 
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 301 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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