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Heartland Pogrom, Part 4

On July 3, 1917, the people of East St. Louis awoke to assess the aftermath of the previous day’s riots.

Six blocks of downtown had been burned. 503 more words

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Heartland Pogrom, Part 3

As the sun began to sink in the sky on July 2, 1917, scores of African-Americans realized that their only choice might be to leave East St. 256 more words

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Heartland Pogrom, Part 2

By 10:00 A.M. on July 2, 1917, the crowd surrounding the burned out police car at 10th and Bond grew more agitated. Cries went up from the crowd to avenge the two police officers who had been attacked. 333 more words

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Heartland Pogrom, Part 1

Dawn broke humid and airless in East St. Louis on July 2, 1917.

Far removed from the energy-sapping languor of most summer mornings, this day shook with tension. 412 more words

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Renovation? Demolition? Both?

When one visits the Perry County Courthouse in Pinckneyville, a fair question to ask might be: “So, when was this place built?”

A fair question, perhaps, but one that is easier asked than answered. 459 more words

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Whiskey-Filled Map Pigs

No, you read that right.

No, I’m not referring to some bunch of drunk chauvinistic cartographers.

What I am referring to is a wonderful piece of Illinois art, a piece produced by a pottery in Anna, Illinois. 310 more words

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La Belle Fontaine

It must have been like an oasis in the desert.

To travelers along the old Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, its cool and bountiful waters were surely a sight for sore eyes and parched throats. 352 more words

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