1908 Race Riot Walking Tour

This is a self-guided walking tour that remembers one of Springfield's darker moments, the Race Riot of 1908. Racial tensions turned to mob violence in Springfield on August 14, 1908, and within 48 hours seven people were dead, 40 homes were ruined, and 24 businesses were destroyed. 2008 marked the centennial of this key turning point in American history. To begin your tour, stop by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 109 North 7th Street for a map and further information.