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8/14/1908

Two days of rioting in Springfield, Illinois, follow false accusations of rape by Mabel Hallam against an African American man named George Richardson. Over two days, a crowd of about 12,000 burned and looted in the African American neighborhoods, also lynching barber Scott Burton and the elderly William Donegan, who was married to a German-Irish woman. The National Guard was called in to restore order and eventually over 80 people were indicted. Only one conviction resulted, against an immigrant Abraham Raymer for stealing a guard's saber. This riot would be seminal in the establishment of the NAACP.

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