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Sculpture to mark 1908 riot to be unveiled
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Published: 7/28/2009 12:01 AM

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SPRINGFIELD -- A sculpture that resembles two ends of a burned-out home will be unveiled next month to commemorate the 1908 Springfield race riot.

The 10-foot-tall bronze sculpture, created by Peoria artist Preston Jackson, will be unveiled in Springfield's Union Square Park on Aug. 6. The artwork represents the dozens of homes destroyed by white rioters as they terrorized a predominantly black neighborhood known as the Badlands on Aug. 14 and 15, 1908.

The riot erupted after a mob of whites were kept from lynching two black inmates in the Sangamon County Jail. After two days of rioting, at least seven people were dead.

The riot led to the formation of the NAACP.

Former Springfield NAACP president Ken Page says Jackson's work is designed to show Springfield is a progressive city, and that what happened in 1908 won't happen again.