The commission was formed in 2014 by the City of East St. Louis as a way to recognize the 100th anniversary of the infamous 1917 pogrom.
The commission worked with partners to honor the dead and recognize the impact of the pogrom on the people, the community, and the nation. Its programming was throughout the centennial year.
The commission retired in 2020. It voted to cease work and turned over its assets and mission to the newly formed East St. Louis Historical Society, which will carry on the "cultural initiative" portion of the commission's work.