Teen whose death sparked Chicago riot to get grave marker

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CHICAGO (AP) — A Black teenager whose death along a segregated Chicago beach sparked a weeklong race riot in 1919 that left dozens dead is finally getting a grave marker. The Chicago Tribune reports that a stone marker is tentatively set to be placed in late July atop the grave of 17-year-old Eugene Williams at Lincoln Cemetery in the suburb of Blue Island. A group of citizens raised $5,000 to buy the marker. Williams, who lived in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, drowned in July 1919 after he was struck by a rock thrown by a white man as he entered an area of Lake Michigan that was unofficially a whites-only area.

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