4th Annual CRR19 Bike Tour

Saturday, July 30, 2022 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Multiple Authors

Join us for the 4th annual Bike Tour to commemorate the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. A brief program begins at 10am and the 2-hour ride begins at 10:30 am. The bike tour will travel through the Bronzeville and Bridgeport neighborhoods. On the bike tour, you will learn about the history of Eugene Williams and how his unjust racist killing sparked the Chicago Race Riot of 1919--the worst incident of racial violence in City history and among twenty-five such incidents across the nation that came to be known as the Red Summer.

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Presented in partnership with The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19), Organic Oneness, and more supporting partners

Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a helmet. If not vaccinated, please wear a mask and maintain social distance. The bike tour will launch from Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville. In the event of rain, the event will move indoors to another location in Bronzeville and the ride will be postponed.

The event is free with an option for donations. All donations of $30 or more will receive a Chicago Race Riot 1919 shirt at the check-in table.

About CRR19: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19) exists to commemorate the worst incident of racial violence in the city’s history. The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 is long forgotten, despite its huge impact on the subsequent shape and development of the city. Stolpersteine, an ongoing German project to honor Holocaust victims, offers a powerful model for how to use dispersed public art to remember past atrocities and provoke conversations about their legacy. CRR19 proposes to use much-modified versions of stolpersteine to ignite conversations about racism, past and present, in Chicago and the nation. We intend to create and install artistic markers at each of the 38 locations where someone was killed in 1919. Formally launched on the 100th anniversary of the 1919 riot, we believe that now is the moment for Chicago to confront its bloodiest chapter and heal the wounds that time alone has not. We must remember America’s troubled past of racial violence and white supremacy if we wish to improve the future. To move towards racial equality and justice by creating chances for more discussions and more challenging ones about race and racism, past and present.

Event Location: 
Chicago Military Academy Bronzeville
3519 S Giles
Chicago, IL 60653