Headstone unveiled in Blue Island’s Lincoln Cemetery shares story of teen whose killing sparked 1919 Chicago race riot

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Tammy Gibson pauses Saturday to view the headstone for Eugene Williams at Lincoln Cemetery in Blue Island. Williams, a Black teenager, was killed in 1919 as a result of drowning after rocks were thrown and struck him after the raft he was floating in drifted to a white only beach on 29th and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Gibson led the effort to have a new gravestone placed at the burial site. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

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July 25, 2021 at 01:51PM

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