Blood Lines Map
Death locations marked on a neighborhood map of the 1919 uprising recreated on the floor of Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park

On July 27, 1919, an African-American teenager drowned in Lake Michigan after violating the unofficial segregation of Chicago’s beaches and being stoned by a group of white youths. His death, and the police’s refusal to arrest the white man whom eyewitnesses identified as causing it, sparked a week of rioting between gangs of black and white Chicagoans, concentrated in the South Side neighborhoods surrounding the stockyards and what was known then as the Black Belt. When the riots ended on August 3, 23 blacks and 15 whites had been killed and more than 500 people injured; an additional 1,000 black families had lost their homes when they were torched by rioters. [ ]

In the 100 years since the 1919 uprising, we are still witnessing the death of black persons by law enforcement. We remember black persons killed in the 1919 uprising and we remember those who continue to be killed for being black. SAY THE NAMES of those killed in the uprising or SAY THE NAMES of other black persons killed by law enforcement for being black, and join us in a monthly online version of Blood Lines and memorial.

To participate, download a list of names of those killed in the uprising. Using your smart phone or other device, video record yourself saying the name, age, race, and time, place, and manner of death of one of the dead. Or, you may also SAY THE NAME of another black person killed by law enforcement along with their details. If you are able, please edit your video as you would like it to be presented.

Then, fill out this brief form. You will receive an email reply with a link to upload your video. All fields are mandatory, but you may remain anonymous and opt out of receiving any future emails. You must include your email so that we can send you the upload link and check the release box in order for us to include your video in NON:onLINE and our online installation of BLOOD LINES – SAY THEIR NAMES. If you would like us to edit your video please let us know in the form.

The deadline for participation in the July online installation is June 3. Please contact us at non [at] nonopera [dot] org for more information.

Each month beginning in July, SAY THEIR NAMES videos will be compiled and included as part of our online version of Blood Lines. Because violence and murder of blacks at the hands of law enforcement is embedded in the history of the United States and continues to this day, the Blood Lines project remembering black lives will continue.