P.O. John W. Simpson #4774

Name: Simpson, John W.
Star: 4774
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Wabash Avenue Station
End of Watch: 28-Jul-1919
Incident Details: Police Officer John Simpson, 30, was assigned to the Wabash Avenue Station.

On July 28, 1919, Officer Simpson was found shot and wounded by a rioter at 31stStreet between Wabash Avenue and “L” alley.  Officer Simpson died during surgery at Mercy Hospital.

Officer Simpson was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery.  He was survived by his parents, Silas and Mariah; and his brother, Curtis.

Officer Simpson was one of the 38 fatalities of The Chicago Race Riot of 1919.  Chicago’s riot was the worst amongst approximately two dozen riots which raged in the U.S. during the “Red Summer.”  The “Red Summer” which occurred in the summer and autumn months marked the culmination of racial tension after WWI.