The Archaeology of Racial Hatred: Springfield, Illinois


This is a poster submission presented at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

On August 14, 1908, racial tensions ignited over allegations of the rape of a white woman by a black man. After being thwarted in their attempt to take justice into their own hands, a crowd erupted into violence resulting in two days of rioting, and the lynching of two black men. Incensed by the fact that this event had taken place in the hometown of the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln, a group of social reformers came together in February 1909 and established the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Archaeological testing in 2014 resulted in the discovery of five well-preserved mid-nineteenth century houses destroyed by fire that August weekend. Archaeological mitigation in 2019 resulted in new insights into the structure of this particular neighborhood at the turn-of-the century, and the quality of life of the inhabitants that experienced firsthand this historical event and called this neighborhood home.

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The Archaeology of Racial Hatred: Springfield, Illinois. Floyd R. Mansberger, Christopher L. Stratton. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457454)

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NAACP Race riots

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 1007