1908 Springfield Race Riot Memorial


This video was created to explain and promote a design concept for a new memorial in Springfield, Illinois that memorializes the lives and property that were lost during the 1908 race riots in that community. The memorial recognizes the still-open wound of racism and honors the humanity of the thousands of Black people driven from the city as a result of the riots, and the lives lost. Dozens of homes were destroyed during this horrific event; the memorial design concept marks the solemn locations of the homes that were destroyed, while telling the harsh, true history of an event many Americans have never heard of.

  • CLIENT: The City of Springfield, IL and Hansen Professional Services