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East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue

Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, November 5, 2019
1. Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue Marker
Inscription.  Here is where the white rioters assembled, listened to inflammatory speeches, and marched in military formation toward East Broadway. The first victim was harmed here.
 
Erected 2017 by The East St. Louis 1917 Centennial Commission & Cultural Initiative, the Meridian Society, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. (Marker Number 18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois, Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot marker series.
 
Location. 38° 37.662′ N, 90° 9.465′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Collinsville Avenue and St. Louis Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Collinsville Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 248 Collinsville Avenue, East Saint Louis IL 62201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. N. 3rd St. and Missouri Ave. (approx. 0.2 miles away); N. 4th St. and Division Ave. (approx. mile away); S. 4th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 5, 2019
2. Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue Marker
Marker is underneath the highway signs on the post
a different marker also named S. 4th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.3 miles away); 700 East Broadway (approx. 0.4 miles away); S. 8th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.4 miles away); S. 4th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. 0.4 miles away); S. 5th St. and Railroad Ave. (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
 
Regarding Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue. Richard Brockway, the white man who inflamed the crowd, eventually was convicted and sentenced to prison for the crime of rioting.

Sources: The Crisis, pp. 235-236.
McCoy's East St. Louis Directory for 1916, p. 348
 
Additional keywords. 1917 race riot
 
Categories. Notable Events
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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