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


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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