Houston and East St. Louis


W.E.B. Du Bois


April 1, 1918

17 WHITE persons killed. 125 NEGROES killed.
13 COLORED soldiers hanged. 10 COLORED men imprisoned for fourteen years.
41 COLORED soldiers imprisoned for life. 4 WHITE men imprisoned 14–15 years.
4 COLORED soldiers imprisoned. 5 WHITE men imprisoned five years.
5 COLORED soldiers under sentence of death; temporarily reprieved by the President. 11 WHITE men imprisoned under one year.
40 COLORED soldiers on trial for life. 18 WHITE men fined.
White policeman who caused the riot not even indicted. One COLORED man still on trial for life.
No white army officers tried. (Military law.) 17 WHITE men acquitted. (Civil law.)

Entrance to the city park, Houston, Tex.

The park is maintained by taxes on 70,000 whites and 40,000 Negroes. A few blocks from this park Policeman Sparks shot Corporal Baltimore and started the riot. Baltimore was hanged.


For attribution, please cite this work as:
Du Bois, W.E.B. 1918. “Houston and East St. Louis.” The Crisis 15 (6): 269. https://www.dareyoufight.org/Volumes/15/06/houston_and_east_st_louis.html.