New Works – Red Summer

East St. Louis, IL 1917 Riots

“Mob Threw Negro Child Into Fire” East St. Louis, IL 1917

This photograph was made near the original location of the Broadway Opera House in which many African Americans died when the building was burned by rioters.

This project is a survey of sites where race riots occurred in the American landscape between 1917 and 1923. The centerpiece of the project is a series of riots that occurred during 1919 that were know as Red Summer. Each image is paired with fragments of contemporaneous newspaper articles.

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