EAST ST LOUIS RIOTS--On July 2, 1917,  Angry white mobs stopped trolleys and streetcars, pulling black passengers out and beating them on the streets and sidewalks. They set fire to the homes of black residents who had to choose between burning alive in their homes, or run out of the burning houses, only to be met by gunfire.  In other parts of the city, African Americans  were lynched against the backdrop of burning buildings.

EAST ST LOUIS RIOTS--On July 2, 1917, Angry white mobs stopped trolleys and streetcars, pulling black passengers out and beating them on the streets and sidewalks. They set fire to the homes of black residents who had to choose between burning alive in their homes, or run out of the burning houses, only to be met by gunfire. In other parts of the city, African Americans were lynched against the backdrop of burning buildings.

The city of East St. Louis, Illinois was the scene of one of the bloodiest race riots in the 20th century.  Racial tensions began to increase in February, 1917 when 470 #African American workers were hired to replace white workers who had gone on strike against the Aluminum Ore Company.  The viole

The city of East St. Louis, Illinois was the scene of one of the bloodiest race riots in the 20th century. Racial tensions began to increase in February, 1917 when 470 #African American workers were hired to replace white workers who had gone on strike against the Aluminum Ore Company. The viole

Staying cool at City Garden, in St Louis, MO with Knockout! Debra and #SmartPanties!

Staying cool at City Garden, in St Louis, MO with Knockout! Debra and #SmartPanties!

The 600-car French Village Drive-In in East St Louis, Missouri epitomised the state-of-the-art of drive-in movie theatres when it opened in 1942. Fifty years later when the drive-in closed, both East St Louis and America in general had gone through a whole lot of changes, not all of them positive. The theatre was demolished in 2005 (image via Antique Warehouse and Preservation Research Office)

The 600-car French Village Drive-In in East St Louis, Missouri epitomised the state-of-the-art of drive-in movie theatres when it opened in 1942. Fifty years later when the drive-in closed, both East St Louis and America in general had gone through a whole lot of changes, not all of them positive. The theatre was demolished in 2005 (image via Antique Warehouse and Preservation Research Office)

East St. Louis Race Riots of July 1, 1917 -- Tensions erupted into violence on, after police officers were shot allegedly by a black man.

East St. Louis Race Riots of July 1, 1917 -- Tensions erupted into violence on, after police officers were shot allegedly by a black man.

People walk across the frozen Mississippi River from East St. Louis to St. Louis on Feb. 12, 1936. The Municipal (later MacArthur) Bridge piers are in the background. (Lou Phillips, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

People walk across the frozen Mississippi River from East St. Louis to St. Louis on Feb. 12, 1936. The Municipal (later MacArthur) Bridge piers are in the background. (Lou Phillips, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Brooklyn "Lovejoy," Illinois is a village in St. Clair County located two miles north of East St. Louis and three miles northeast of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is thought to be the oldest townBrooklyn “Lovejoy,” Illinois is a village in St. Clair County located two miles north of East St. Louis and three miles northeast of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is thought to be the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. The town was founded by freed and fugitive…

Brooklyn "Lovejoy," Illinois is a village in St. Clair County located two miles north of East St. Louis and three miles northeast of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is thought to be the oldest townBrooklyn “Lovejoy,” Illinois is a village in St. Clair County located two miles north of East St. Louis and three miles northeast of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is thought to be the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. The town was founded by freed and fugitive…

Sarah Rector received international attention at the age of eleven - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/rector-sarah-1902-1967#sthash.46cUGIl2.dpuf

Sarah Rector received international attention at the age of eleven - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/rector-sarah-1902-1967#sthash.46cUGIl2.dpuf

Ultra-Life Ulna-Life Laboratories Inc. East St. Louis, Illinois 18x42

Ultra-Life Ulna-Life Laboratories Inc. East St. Louis, Illinois 18x42

Parking Lot Planters, East St. Louis, IL 2010 Photography by Alex S. MacLean

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Silent Parade of 1917: Silent protest parade in New York against the East St. Louis riots,     A silent protest parade in 1917 set the stage for civil rights marches - Google Search

Silent Parade of 1917: Silent protest parade in New York against the East St. Louis riots, A silent protest parade in 1917 set the stage for civil rights marches - Google Search

Archaeological find from the 900-year-old remains of Cahokia, through which we are building an interstate.

Ancient Suburb Near St. Louis Could Be Lost Forever

Archaeological find from the 900-year-old remains of Cahokia, through which we are building an interstate.

Chain of Rocks Bridge, Route 66, spanning the Mississippi River between East St. Louis IL and St. Louis MO

Chain of Rocks Bridge, Route 66, spanning the Mississippi River between East St. Louis IL and St. Louis MO

As a member of the East St. Louis Fire Dept, we continue to struggle with manpower and equipment failure everyday. Our dept responds to the highest percentage of fires in the St. Louis metro east.     ​With over 150 firefighters that used to protect this city, only 53 remain due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the East St. Louis fire department is f...

As a member of the East St. Louis Fire Dept, we continue to struggle with manpower and equipment failure everyday. Our dept responds to the highest percentage of fires in the St. Louis metro east. ​With over 150 firefighters that used to protect this city, only 53 remain due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the East St. Louis fire department is f...

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