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Remembering the Springfield Race Riots

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One hundred years ago, turmoil of a different sort was taking place in Springfield, Illinois. The state capital, at the time, was an industrial center with a large population of black residents competing with white residents for jobs. And then, one day the spark that ignited a fire. Two black men were accused and then arrested for committing two separate crimes against white citizens of Springfield. At the end of three days of rioting, black men were lynched, several white people killed in a crossfire, and black-owned businesses were destroyed. The city of the Great Emancipator was almost torn apart. Though it's a dark chapter in the city's history, Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley reports on how some Springfield residents are trying hard not to forget what happened.

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