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Illinois Heritage Magazine

Illinois Heritage, the popular history magazine of the Illinois State Historical Society, was established in 1997 to encourage professional and amateur historians, museum professionals, teachers, genealogists, journalists, and other researchers to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

Illinois Heritage is published six times per year and is available as a benefit of membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. Individual editions can also be purchased by contacting our office directly. Visit our Membership section for membership options and information.

Visit our Illinois Heritage Magazine section to see issue summaries and sample articles from recent releases.

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**POSTPONED** Historical Marker Dedication: Robert Prager Lynching Site

Event date: 4/5/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Export event
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**POSTPONED** Historical Marker Dedication: Robert Prager Lynching Site

Prager Memorial Committee and the Illinois State Historical Society

An historical marker noting the location of the Robert Prager lynching in 1918 will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4 at the entrance to St. John Cemetery, St. Louis Road at National Terrace, Collinsville.

On April 5, 1918, German immigrant Robert Prager was hanged by a mob at this site. Prager’s lynching was the high-water mark of the anti-immigrant and anti-German hysteria that gripped the nation during World War I. Persecution, in the guise of patriotism, was especially severe in the Southern Illinois coal fields. Eleven men accused of the murder were promptly acquitted. For generations there was remorse in Collinsville over the town’s failure to stop the mob and the lynching. One witness later said: “Nowhere appeared a sober, clear-headed man to say ‘no’ and make it stick. And so came violence, death, tragedy and shame.” 

This event is free and open to the public.

The historical marker is sponsored by the Prager Memorial Committee and the Illinois State Historical Society. 

St. Johns Cemetery
105 National Terrace
Collinsville, IL (Map)


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