Troubled Waters: Chicago 1919 Race Riot

Exhibit Opening July 27, 2019

Troubled Waters: Chicago 1919 Race Riot focuses on the historical moment that led to the murder on Eugene Williams on July 27, 1919 and the eight-day aftermath that altered the city forever. 1919 Race Riot in Chicago did not occur in a vacuum: racial tension had been simmering in the city for years as a result of the influx of African Americans into the city as a result of the Great Migration, and global factors made officials suspicious of subversive activity. This exhibition will prominently feature archival images of the 1919 Race Riot in Chicago, as well as documentary materials.


National Guardsmen surround man on street, 1919
Photograph by Jun Fujita
Chicago History Museum, ICHi-065478