Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cincinnati Riots of 1884 / Sheriff Morton Lytle Hawkins
Side A: Cincinnati Riots of 1884
In March 1884, public confidence of Cincinnati law enforcement was extremely low. The public believed that murderers and other serious offenders were not brought to justice promptly or received little punishment. Civil unrest was brought to a boil when a seventeen-year-old was sentenced to only twenty years for manslaughter after brutally murdering his employer. On March 28, thousands of citizens stormed the county jail and courthouse. The riots lasted three days requiring forces from the Sheriff's Office, city police, and local and state militia to restore order. Fifty-four people were killed and more than 200 wounded. The courthouse and jail suffered enormous damage, and valuable records were destroyed from the assault and fire. The riot gained international notoriety and helped pave the way for removal of political favoritism and a larger police force.
Side B: Sheriff Morton Lytle Hawkins
On March 28-30, 1884, the Courthouse Riots of 1884 raged in the streets of Cincinnati resulting in death and injury to more than 250 Cincinnatians. A small group of Hamilton County Deputies,
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentenninal Commission, The Longaberger Company, James Krouse, dba Color Products, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-31.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 6.415′ N, 84° 30.554′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Sycamore Street and Court Street, on the left when traveling south on Sycamore Street Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati OH 45202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio Military Trails (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Military Roads (about 600 feet away); The Athenaeum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elizabeth Blackwell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodward High School / School for Creative and Performing Arts (approx. ¼ mile away); Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (approx. ¼ mile away); Piatt Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fuldner Mortuary (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cincinnati.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,223 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.