Springfield aldermen are considering a proposed agreement on how to handle the remnants of homes that were burned down during the race riots that raged in the city more than a century ago.
The artifacts from the 1908 riots were unearthed during work on the 10th Street railroad project, and have been the subject of debate since. Under the proposed agreement, the excavation of the artifacts will be videotaped… and the public will be allowed to view the excavation on at least one Saturday while the project unfolds. One foundation of a burned-out home would remain intact onsite, but other artifacts would be removed, catalogued and displayed at the State Museum or elsewhere.
If all interested parties approve, work on the site could begin later this year.