Supporters want the site of the Springfield race riots to become a national monument
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Supporters want the site of the Springfield race riots to become a national monument

The Rev. T. Ray McJunkins noted that several years ago a small group of people in Springfield advocated for the site of the 1908 race riot to be designated a national monument.

After Monday’s hearing at his home parish, Union Baptist Church, where he once found himself in front of the same rioters as they protested at 12th and Mason streets, McJunkins admitted he was “overwhelmed” by the sight of more than 400 people in the church hall.

“I think it’s a reality,” McJunkins said of the site along the railroad tracks at 10th Street and Madison Street becoming a national monument. “Nobody talked about the east side and the west side tonight. Nobody talked about division. “Washington saw Springfield and it was a combination of all of us and we all said the statue had to be here.”