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Springfield Hospitals Consider How To Commemorate 1908 Race Riots

St. John's and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have plans for a new women and children's medical center. The plot of land along 9th street contains the foundations of homes burnt during the 1908 race riot

That event led to formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Brian Reardon is with St. John's. He says it wants to acknowledge that history and is joining with the local chapter of the NAACP to ask the public how.  The town-hall meeting starts at 5:30 at St. John's Carol Jo Vecchie Women’s and Children’s Center Monday night. Reardon joined us to chat more about what's expected to take place and what exactly is being commemorated:

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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