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Photographs from The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922)

Chicago Race Riot—Beginning of the Riot

A crowd of blacks and whites leaves the Lake Michigan beachfront at Twenty-ninth Street in Chicago on the afternoon of July 27, 1919, after a seventeen-year-old African American, Eugene Williams, was attacked with stones while swimming in a section of the beach usually reserved for whites. Williams drowned and a policeman on the scene refused to arrest the white man accused of throwing the stone that allegedly caused Williams's death; instead, he arrested an African American man. A riot ensued, lasting until August 2, 1919, and resulting in the deaths of thirty-eight people. This image serves as the frontispiece for The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: July 27, 1919

Medium: Printed photograph

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Scenes from the 1919 Chicago Race Riot

A series of photographs shows a white mob chasing an African American man to his home where the white men stone him to death. By the time the police arrive, bottom right, the man is dead. This event took place during the race riots in Chicago that lasted from July 27 to August 2, 1919. This spread of photographs is included in The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Between July 27 and August 2, 1919

Medium: Printed photographs

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

Negroes Under Protection of Police Leaving Wrecked House in Riot Zone

While armed policemen stand guard—and, at bottom, white children look on—members of an African American family remove the furnishings from their home after it was badly damaged during the race riots that took place in Chicago from July 27 until August 2, 1919. These images are included in The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. between July 27 and August 2, 1919

Medium: Printed photographs

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

The 1919 Chicago Race Riot

At top, the police escort African Americans out of the Chicago neighborhood of Forty-eighth Street and Wentworth Avenue for their safety during the race riots in the area between July 27 and August 2, 1919. At bottom, white policemen at their station house search African American men for weapons. These images are from The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Between July 27 and August 2, 1919

Medium: Printed photographs

Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

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  • Chicago Race Riot—Beginning of the Riot

    A crowd of blacks and whites leaves the Lake Michigan beachfront at Twenty-ninth Street in Chicago on the afternoon of July 27, 1919, after a seventeen-year-old African American, Eugene Williams, was attacked with stones while swimming in a section of the beach usually reserved for whites. Williams drowned and a policeman on the scene refused to arrest the white man accused of throwing the stone that allegedly caused Williams's death; instead, he arrested an African American man. A riot ensued, lasting until August 2, 1919, and resulting in the deaths of thirty-eight people. This image serves as the frontispiece for The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: July 27, 1919

    Medium: Printed photograph

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

  • Scenes from the 1919 Chicago Race Riot

    A series of photographs shows a white mob chasing an African American man to his home where the white men stone him to death. By the time the police arrive, bottom right, the man is dead. This event took place during the race riots in Chicago that lasted from July 27 to August 2, 1919. This spread of photographs is included in The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Between July 27 and August 2, 1919

    Medium: Printed photographs

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

  • Negroes Under Protection of Police Leaving Wrecked House in Riot Zone

    While armed policemen stand guard—and, at bottom, white children look on—members of an African American family remove the furnishings from their home after it was badly damaged during the race riots that took place in Chicago from July 27 until August 2, 1919. These images are included in The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. between July 27 and August 2, 1919

    Medium: Printed photographs

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library

  • The 1919 Chicago Race Riot

    At top, the police escort African Americans out of the Chicago neighborhood of Forty-eighth Street and Wentworth Avenue for their safety during the race riots in the area between July 27 and August 2, 1919. At bottom, white policemen at their station house search African American men for weapons. These images are from The Negro in Chicago: The Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot (1922), a book produced by the Chicago Commission on Race Relations.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Between July 27 and August 2, 1919

    Medium: Printed photographs

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Library