Monday, August 11, 2008

Lincoln's Hometown Marks Race Riot Anniversary

Lincoln's hometown marks 100th anniversary of riot
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Associated Press Writer
Sat Aug 9, 4:02 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Two days of terror. Black men tortured and hanged. A baby dead of exposure. Four white rioters shot by black defenders.It wasn't America's first riot, and certainly not the last.But this one was in the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, the president who helped end slavery.Today, Lincoln's city — where Barack Obama launched his campaign to become the first black president — is finally commemorating the events that erupted 100 years ago this month.