A Small Town In Illinois Reckons With Its Dark Racial Past

A town sign for Anna, Ilinois.
A town sign for Anna, Illinois. Whitney Curtis / ProPublica Illinois
A town sign for Anna, Ilinois.
A town sign for Anna, Illinois. Whitney Curtis / ProPublica Illinois

A Small Town In Illinois Reckons With Its Dark Racial Past

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Segregation has a violent history in the United States, but one of its lesser known chapters is that of “Sundown Towns” — towns that explicitly forbade black visitors from staying after dark.

A journalist talks about the experience of asking residents of the former Sundown town of Anna, Ill. about its dark racial past.

GUEST: Logan Jaffe, Engagement Reporter at ProPublica Illinois