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USNPS study endorses site of 1908 race riots as unit of NP System

An archaeological site near Madison Street and the 10th Street rail corridor meets all four criteria necessary to be eligible for inclusion in the National Park Service to commemorate the 1908 Springfield Race Riot, federal officials said June 13.

The announcement was an important next step in the effort to persuade Congress to pass a bill that President Joe Biden could sign into law as soon as this year to give the site a national designation, according to Teresa Haley, president of the Springfield NAACP and Illinois State Conference NAACP.

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