Supports the press on the Illinois Race Riot National Monument
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Supports the press on the Illinois Race Riot National Monument

Community advocates and local politicians on Monday called on the Biden administration to designate the site of a deadly 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois, as a national monument.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (R-Ill.) called the riot “a searing, horrific incident that spurred the formation of the NAACP” and said the site deserved federal protection.

“Making our national parks better reflect the people and history of our nation is long overdue, and it is time we properly recognized this place and the lives that were lost here,” she said.

Hundreds of supporters had the opportunity to make their case in person at a community meeting Monday at Union Baptist Church in Springfield with Shannon Estenoz, the Interior Department’s deputy secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Brenda Mallory, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.