East St. Louis in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
621 N. 9th Street
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 21.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois, Remembering the 1917 East St. Louis Race Riot marker series.
Location. 38° 37.728′ N, 90° 8.815′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on North 9th Street just south of Pennsylvania Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 621 North 9th Street, 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. 1010 Pennsylvania Avenue (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collinsville at St. Louis Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); N. 3rd St. and Missouri Ave. (approx. ¾ mile away); S. 8th St. and E. Broadway 700 East Broadway (approx. 0.8 miles away); N. 4th St. and Division Ave. (approx. 0.8 miles away); S. 4th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named S. 4th St. and E. Broadway (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
Regarding 621 N. 9th Street. Mayor Fred Mollman, who lived here, was a politician who knew that the city was about to explode with violence. He had been the leader of a corrupt government that was unprepared to respond to any civil disturbance, much less to an open massacre. Marcus Garvey said in a speech that Mollman was to blame for the massacre, believing Mollman wanted African Americans out of the city. Mollman was indicted for malfeasance, but the charges were later dropped.
Sources: Andrew Theising, Made in USA (St. Louis: Virginia Publishing, 2003), p. 157. Marcus Garvey, The Conspiracy of the East St. Louis Riots (speech, July 8, 1917).
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.