Civil Rights, An African-American Experience

St. Louis has been a prominent player in African Americans’ fight for civil rights for nearly two centuries, starting in 1819 when free blacks and their white allies protested Missouri’s admission into the Union as a slave state. This tour will be led by Gwen Moore, Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity. Beginning with a private tour and talk at the Missouri Historical Society’s Library and Research Center then travel to other venues central to St. Louis’s civil rights story including the Shelley House, site of the Jefferson Bank and the Old Courthouse.