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Discussing Gregory Carr’s ‘Tinderbox,’ based on the East St. Louis Race Riots of 1917

Discussing Gregory Carr’s ‘Tinderbox,’ based on the East St. Louis Race Riots of 1917

July 2, 2017 marks the 100 th anniversary of one of the bloodiest race riots in the 20 th century: the East St. Louis Race Riots of 1917 . On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air , Gregory Carr, an instructor of speech and theater at Harris-Stowe State University, and actress Andrea Purnell joined the program to discuss “Tinderbox,” his play based on the history of the event. "It is a play with historical ramifications but that was the difficult aspect of it," Carr said. "I didn't want the characters

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