History: Cairo, Ill.: Waiting For A Rebirth

How does a place seared by its past find its future? How does it move on, even as the nation as a whole is burying its history every minute with the invention of the next microchip or the launch of a new dotcom? "We can't worry about what's going on on Wall Street," says Mayor James Wilson. "We've got to worry about what's going on on Main Street." And right now, Cairo's Main Street is like an open scar left over from the day in 1967 when a black man was found hanged in jail and the town blew wide open....

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