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On July 27, 1919, racial tensions exploded when seventeen-year-old Eugene Williams drowned in Lake Michigan after crossing the unofficial segregation-line and being stoned by a group of white youths. #RedSummer100 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
When police officers arrived on the scene, they refused to arrest the white man whom eyewitnesses pointed to as the responsible party. Angry crowds began to gather on the beach, and reports of the incident spread quickly. #RedSummer100 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
Violence broke out among mobs of black and white Chicagoans, mostly on the South Side neighborhood. Police were unable to stop the riots, the state militia was called in on the fourth day, but the fighting continued until August 3rd. #RedSummer100 #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
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