The Illinois Humanities Council along with Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin are proud to announce that Beverly Peters is the recipient of the 2009 Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. This local “humanities hero” has been recognized by Mayor Davlin and the city of Springfield for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the humanities in our community. She is one of more than 40 individuals being honored across the State of Illinois.
“As the chair of my 1908 Race Riot Commemoration Commission, Beverly did an extraordinary job,” Mayor Davlin said. “She recruited community leaders who, together, would devise a way to reintroduce the City to its past while promoting reconciliation throughout a year of various activities. This is truly an honor that she so richly deserves.”
The Commission worked to refashion the historical markers into prominent wayside displays that readily depict the entire story of the Springfield Race Riot. And it commissioned a special bronze sculpture by Preston Jackson to be permanently located in Union Station Park. Today, this cast-bronze sculpture stands directly across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library as an image of the aftermath of the actual.