A Springfield, Ill., hospital is creating an exhibit to commemorate the town's 1908 race riot that sparked the founding of the NAACP. The riot is considered one of the worst in U.S. history; white mobs destroyed black homes and businesses and seven people died.
HSHS St. John's Hospital's exhibit will include historical photos and writing, but the centerpiece will be artwork showing nuns from the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis order caring for riot victims. The hospital is seeking artists to create the piece.
“We were doing a lot of exploration about how we should educate the public, and bring prominence to the event because it was an important event in the history of our country, the history of Springfield and the history of our hospital,” said Dr. Charles Lucore, CEO of HSHS St. John's, which was founded in 1875.