Free events will be held at various St. Louis County Library branches throughout February to celebrate black history. Programming also includes read-ins, dancing, music performances, keynote speakers, storytelling and more. Get the details and see all of the Black History Celebration events at county libraries.
Special Programming for African-American Heritage Month | Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse
Visit the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial weekends throughout February for music, reenactments and more. Programming begins Saturdays and Sundays at noon. Get the details.
'To Kill a Mockingbird' | Repertory Theatre St. Louis
From Feb. 8 to March 5, The Rep will perform "To Kill a Mockingbird" for audiences. This classic by Harper Lee is recommended for children ages 11 and up. Performances will be offered Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Get the details.
'A Ballerina's Tale' | Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum will offer a showing of this film, which tells the story of American Theater Ballet principal dancer Misty Copeland, at 1 p.m. Feb. 12. Get the details.
Larry Wilmore | St. Louis Public Library
The Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library will host featured speaker Larry Wilmore, who will share his more than 25 years of experience as a host, television producer, actor and more, Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Get the details.
Celebrate the Gospel | Missouri Botanical Garden
Traditional and modern renditions of gospel music will be performed at Missouri Botanical Garden's Shoenberg Auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Seating is first-come, first-served, and admission is included with garden admission. Get the details.
Lift Every Voice | St. Louis Symphony
Celebrate African American history and culture with the St. Louis Symphony, guest Byron Stripling and the IN UNISON Chorus. Hear Lift Every Voice at Powell Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $28. Get the details.
Celebration of CCC Company 1743 | Washington State Park
The work of Company 1743, an African American Civilian Conservation Corps Company, can be seen throughout Washington State Park in De Soto. Feb. 19, visitors have the opportunity to take a guided bus tour to see and discuss the work. Tours take place at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Reservations are required. Get the details.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours | Alton, Illinois
The Mississippi River played an important role in helping slaves escape to the freedom of the north. See remnants of the Underground Railroad during this unique shuttle tour throughout the riverfront town of Alton. Tours are available Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; tickets are $25. Get the details.
Black history year-round
Learn about black history year-round at a variety of museums and historical places.
• Find out about Dred Scott's struggle for freedom at the Old Courthouse at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
• Learn about notable African Americans from the St. Louis area by exploring the wax figures, art and artifacts housed at the Griot Museum of Black History.
• The "King of Ragtime," Scott Joplin, produced many of his best known compositions while living on what's now Delmar Boulevard. You can visit and take a guided tour of the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site to learn more about his life.
• Segregation, the civil rights movement and several other aspects of African American history are interwoven with the history of St. Louis in the Seeking St. Louis exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. In March, the Museum will also open a new free exhibit, "#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis," which details Supreme Court civil rights cases that originated in St. Louis.
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