The Missouri History Museum reveals the often-untold story of St. Louis’ leading role in the struggle for racial justice in a new exhibit that will be on display for more than a year. “#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis” examines a history that is compelling and complex, but is frequently overlooked.
The claim that St. Louis is the most important city in U.S. civil rights history may seem surprising, but that’s because much of St. Louis’s activist past has been forgotten. “#1 in Civil Rights” highlights events and protests that had significant and lasting impact and continue to shape the city today. From desegregating streetcars in the 1860s, to the fight for fair housing practices in the Shelley v. Kraemer case in 1945, to the recent protests in Ferguson. Families can learn about these stories through artifacts, historical photos, oral histories, original art works created by local African American artists, and more.
One of the most unique aspects of the free exhibit is The ACTivists Project, which features professional actors portraying real people who participated in different aspects of the struggle for equality in St. Louis. Families are encouraged to ask questions and interact with actors following performances, to learn more about the people who fought for civil rights in the city. These short performances take place hourly each day.
*Please note, this exhibition contains some difficult subject matter and graphic content. Media, films, and audio recordings may include offensive language and images.
To people of all ages and backgrounds, the Missouri History Museum is a leading cultural institution and community resource that offers exhibitions, programming and collections to explore the history of the region in order to better understand the world we live in and build a stronger community for the future.
The Jefferson Memorial Building section of the Missouri History Museum was originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, preceding the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. by more than 25 years. The museum now features special exhibits and St. Louis history galleries with interactive stations for children throughout.
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