Illinois · Racially Motivated

The beginning of the Chicago Race Riot (1919)

July 27, 1919 Chicago, Illinois The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 begins, leaving 38 dead and over 500 injured and 1000 homeless by the time the riot ends on August 3 The riots were sparked when a black teen drowned after being stoned by white youths for violating an unofficial segregation at a Lake Michigan… Continue reading The beginning of the Chicago Race Riot (1919)

New York · Political · Racially Motivated

The New York draft riot of 1863

July 13, 1863 New York, New York The New York draft riots begin The draft riots were sparked by working class citizens outraged about unfair drafting procedures. At the time, a person could pay a fee of $300 (roughly $5,800 in 2018) to avoid being drafted into the military. Though the rioting began as a… Continue reading The New York draft riot of 1863

England

Cemetery riot sparked by allegations of bodies being sold

June 3, 1862 Sheffield, England A riot erupts after accusations claiming the Wardsend Cemetery had been selling corpses to medical schools The accusations were revealed to be false, though it was discovered those in care of the cemetery were reusing graves to save space. The accused were fined for the remains being disinterred as well… Continue reading Cemetery riot sparked by allegations of bodies being sold

Oklahoma · Racially Motivated

The ending of the Tulsa Race Riot

June 1, 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma The Tulsa Race Riot ends with the wealthiest black community in Tulsa being burned to the ground The riot began after an alleged assault of a black 19-year-old male shoeshiner on a white 17-year-old female elevator operator on May 30. A witness heard the girl scream and a black man… Continue reading The ending of the Tulsa Race Riot