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City of Springfield, Illinois, accepts donation of property planned to commemorate 1908 race riots

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a donation of property from HSHS St. John’s Hospital that could eventually be used by the National Park Service to construct a memorial for the 1908 Springfield race riots.

Remains of homes burned during the riots were found in 2014 during construction of the Carpenter Street railroad underpass, which is part of a massive project to consolidate Third Street rail traffic to the 10th Street rail corridor.

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