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Chicago 1919 Race Riot Bike Tour

Join a large-scale, 10-mile bike ride through the South Side neighborhoods where violence erupted during the summer of 1919. Facilitated by Blackstone Bicycle Works, this tour will start at the only marker of the riots in the city—at 29th Street and the lakefront—and then move through Bronzeville, Bridgeport, the Stockyards, and back toward the lake. Tour leaders will mark sites of violence and encourage riders to visualize the past. Where did the events of 1919 take place? How have neighborhoods changed over time? Where do we see boundaries and segregation as we ride? How can we see and feel history in the city’s built environment?

  • 1.

    Wendell Phillips High School

    Wendell Phillips High School

    Stop 8, Wendell Phillips Academy represents the great migration of African Americans in the 1920s.

  • 2.

    Olivet Baptist Church

    Olivet Baptist Church

    Stop 1, Olivet Baptist was the largest Black congregation in Chicago, and many churches stemmed from it.

  • 3.

    Ida B. Wells-Barnett House

    Ida B. Wells-Barnett House

    Stop 2, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a journalist and activist prominent during and after the 1919 riot.

  • 4.

    Bombing at 3365 S Indiana Ave

    Bombing at 3365 S Indiana Ave

    Stop 3, the bombing at 3365 S Indiana represents one of many bombings that happened before and after 1919

  • 5.

    Armour Square Park

    Armour Square Park

    Stop 5, Armour Square Park was one of 10 parks built to improve the tenement districts in Chicago.

  • 6.

    Union Stockyard Gate

    Union Stockyard Gate

    Stop 6, The Union Stockyard Gate represented a driving economic force in the 1920s.

  • 7.

    The Forum, Bronzeville

    The Forum, Bronzeville

    Stop 7, The Forum in Bronzeville is one of the oldest ballrooms and meeting centers in Chicago.

  • 8.

    Death of Eugene Williams

    Death of Eugene Williams

    Start & end, The death of Eugene Williams was the spark that started the Chicago 1919 race riots.

  • 9.

    Route Info

    Route Info

    Info about the route for the Chicago 1919 Bike Tour on June 29th, 2019.

  • 10.

    More Resources

    More Resources

    More Resources about the Chicago 1919 race riot are available online and at the Newberry Library.

  • 11.

    Rioting at 35th & Wabash, the "Angelus Riot"

    Rioting at 35th & Wabash, the "Angelus Riot"

    Stop 4, The Angelus Building and DeLaSalle Institute

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