A Century Later, Reflecting On The 1919 Race Riots

Monday, August 5, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Whites and Blacks gather at 29th Street beach after Eugene Williams’ drowning on July 27, 1919. | Public Domain

One hundred years ago — on Sunday, July 27, 1919 — Eugene Williams, 17, drowned in Lake Michigan after a white mob hurled stones at the Black teenager, because he was swimming on the “white side” of a segregated beach near 29th Street on Chicago’s South Side.

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