Davis Introduces Bill to Designate Springfield Race Riot Site a National Historic Monument
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today introduced legislation to designate the site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots a National Historic Monument.
“The Springfield Race Riot site is an important part of Springfield and our nation’s history,” said Davis.“Designating this site as a National Historic Monument will ensure the site’s history is nationally recognized and preserved. I will work with my colleagues in Congress and the National Park Service to achieve this designation.”
At Davis’ request, the National Park Service has agreed to a preliminary resource assessment of the site, which is typically required before a site can be designated a National Historic Monument.
The site and artifacts were unearthed during construction of the Carpenter Street segment of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. Davis has been working with the Illinois NAACP, the Central Illinois African American Museum, and the Library of Congress to preserve the artifacts. Davis hosted the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, in Springfield to view the artifacts in September 2017.
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